The Commonwealth Poetry Prize was an annual poetry prize established in 1972, for a first published book of English poetry from a country other than the United Kingdom. It was initially administered jointly by the Commonwealth Institute and the National Book League.
Poems by 35 winners of the prize, each introduced with a brief biographical note, were collected in a 1987 anthology, Under another Sky.
The prize was discontinued in 1987, and a Commonwealth Writers Prize established in its place.
Commonwealth prize winners
|1972||Chinua Achebe, Beware Soul Brother (1971)|
George McWhirter, Catalan Poems (1971)
Commended: Richard Ntiru, David Mitchell
|1973||Wayne Brown, On the Coast (1972)|
|1974||Dennis Scott, Uncle Time (1973)|
|1976||Michael Jackson, Latitudes of Exile: Poems 1965–1975 (1976)|
Runners-up: Peter Kocan, The Other Side of the Fence
|1977||Arun Kolatkar, Jejuri (1976)|
Runner-up: R. Parthasarathy, Rough Passage (1977)
|1979||Brian Turner, Ladders of Rain (1978)|
|1980||Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Crossing the Peninsula (1980)|
Audrey Longbottom, Relatives and Reliques (1979)
|1981||Philip Salom, The Silent Piano (1980)|
|1982||Peter Goldsworthy, Readings from Ecclesiastes: Poems (1982)|
|1983||Grace Nichols, I is a Long-Memoried Woman (1983)|
|1984||David Dabydeen, Slave Song (1984)|
Runner-up: Syd Harrex, Atlantis and other Islands.
|1985||Lauris Edmond, Selected Poems (1984)|
Regional Prizes: Vikram Seth (Asia), Timothy Holmes, Michael Longley, Kobena Eyi Acquah, Gary Geddes
|1986||Lorna Goodison, I am Becoming My Mother (1986)|
Regional Prizes: Anne Michaels (Americas), Iain Chrichton Smith
|1987||Philip Salom, Sky Poems (1986) |
Regional Prizes: Tanure Ojaide (Africa)
- Alastair Niven, 'The Commonwealth poetry prize', in Richard Maltby and Peter Quartermaine, eds., The Commonwealth: a common culture, pp.53-62.
- William Henry Wilde; Joy W. Hooton; B. G. Andrews (1985). "Commonwealth Poetry Prize". The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature. Oxford University Press. p. 172. ISBN 978-0-19-554233-2.
- News & Notes, PN Review 44, July–August 1985. Accessed 1 September 2020.
- Alastair Niven, ed., Under another sky: an anthology of Commonwealth Poetry Prize winners. Manchester, England: Carcanet, 1987.