We are delighted to announce that Denise Riley’s Say Something Back has won the third annual Roehampton Poetry Prize.

The prize is given for the best poetry collection of the year, and was founded by the University of Roehampton’s Department of English and Creative Writing to support poets of every nationality and age who live and work in Britain during the year their books were published.

Judge Ahren Warner described Riley’s Say Something Back as "A deserving and formidable winner. It is an outstanding, intellectually rigorous, moving and yet generous book in which Riley frames her formal ambition and seriousness of purpose with both wit and a compelling sense of humanity”. 

Chair, Fiona Sampson commented, “The exciting shortlist we came up with may be seen as uncompromising; it certainly reflects no compromises. We were delighted to find that we had picked three young poets – with two debuts among them – and two women still at the height of their extraordinary powers after decades of poetry”.

Other shortlisted titles included: Emily Berry’s Stranger, Baby (Faber & Faber), Selima Hill’s The Magnitude of Sublime Existence (Bloodaxe), Wayne Holloway-Smith’s Alarum (Bloodaxe) and Alex Wong’s Poems Without Irony (Carcanet).