The Blue Nib

The Blue Nib are delighted to announce that the multiple award winning poet Helen Mort will judge round four of The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest. Details of the contest will be published in our first print issue out on 15th of September and on site on the same day.



About Helen.

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. Her first collection ‘Division Street’ won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards and the T.S. Eliot Prize. In a national survey, it was chosen by sixth-form groups and reading groups as their first choice collection. Her collection ‘No Map Could Show Them’ (Chatto & Windus) is a PBS Recommendation. Helen blogs at ‘Freefall’.

Helen’s debut novel ‘Black Car Burning’ will be published by Chatto & Windus in April 2019


Helen Mort is among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of young British poets      – Carol Ann Duffy


Some of the highlights of Helen Morts career to date.

Helen is a five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award, she received an Eric Gregory Award from The Society of Authors in 2007, and won the Manchester Poetry Prize Young Writer Prize in 2008. 

In 2010, she became the youngest ever poet-in-residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. In the same year she was shortlisted for the Picador Prize and won the Norwich Café Writers’ Poetry Competition with a poem called `Deer`.

Helen was the Derbyshire Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, she won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize for “Division Street”.

She is an alumna of Christ’s College, Cambridge, from which she graduated with a degree in Social and Political Sciences in 2007. In 2014, she completed her Doctorate at Sheffield University with a Ph.D thesis in English/Neuroscience and her BlogSpot `Poetry on the Brain` was one of the Picador `Best Poetry Blogs` choices.

In 2014 Helen was named as a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society. She is currently the Douglas Caster Creative Writing Fellow in the School of English at the University of Leeds. She has appeared on radio programmes such as The Verb, Poetry Please, and Woman’s Hour. Individual poems have been published in the New Statesman, `Ex-Industrial (a trailer)`, and the Sunday Times, `Admit you feel like all the ice skates in Brazil`, as well as the magazines Poetry Review, Granta, The Rialto, Poetry London, The Manhattan Review, and The North.

In June 2018 Mort was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in its “40 Under 40” initiative.

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