Picador poets Jackie Kay, Carol Ann Duffy and Sean O'Brien have been shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award.

These tender, fluent, surprising poems feel at once contemporary and alive with the history of poetry.These poems are open-armed and generous, warmly emotional without being sentimental. They welcome you in.The mythic combines with the modern in incantatory poems that thrum with verbal and intellectual energy.

Three poets out of four on the shortlist are published by Picador. You can find out more about the awards here