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Forward Arts Foundation is a charity that enables all to enjoy, discover and share poetry. Through our two main programmes, National Poetry Day and the Forward Prizes for Poetry – and the Forward books – we celebrate excellence in poetry and widen its audience.


We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates, as they are under- represented within the arts. We believe poetry is for everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, maternity and pregnancy, race, religion, class and sexual orientation. Forward Arts Foundation is an equal opportunities employer. 

We seek a highly organised and motivated individual to manage the Forward Prizes for Poetry and the compilation of the annual Forward Book of Poetry. This is a part-time 12 month contract post - 120 days - based in the offices of the Forward Arts Foundation at Somerset House (London) and reporting to the Executive Director. 

We expect you to organise and vet eligibility of submissions to the Prizes, creating timelines, preparing the judging meetings, promoting the Prizes and Forward Books, working on event logistics and liaising with our sponsors on book production


The ideal candidate will be meticulous, efficient and highly organised, familiar with the contemporary UK poetry sector, with at least three years of experience of working in a literature/arts/cultural organisation, building audiences, organising events and managing timelines, budgets and financial administration. They should be a fluent user of social media and database software and confident with Excel and Wordpress. Project management and marketing experience a definite advantage.  

The Forward Arts Foundation is among the UK’s leading literary organisations: through National Poetry Day and the Forward Prizes for Poetry we celebrate excellence in poetry and widen its audience. 

You can find a full job description here.

Forward Arts Foundation