Time once more to choose from six excellent poems by six fine poets to decide who will be Pick of the Month for July 2020. Will you subscribe to Grant Tarbard‘s delightful ‘The New Testament of Dog’  or be moved by Bethany W Pope‘s very personal ‘Year of the Plague’? Do you sit at his desk with Gopal Lahiri as he magics haiku out of lockdown or on a flint wall with Joanna Nissel and her father watching the emergence of an ‘Eagle’? Does something ‘Sprout’ in you as you read Katherine Meehan or can you divine what is essential in Amit Shankar Saha‘s ‘Runes’?

All six of the shortlist have been chosen by Helen or Kate or received the most attention on social media. They can be found below or by clicking on ‘Vote for Your July 2020 Pick of the Month′ in the Categories list to your right on the screen.

Voting has now closed. July’s Pick will be announced on Monday 17th August.

For the lockdown period, our normal Pick ‘prize’ of £10 towards the UK charity of your choice or a National Book Token will rise to £30*. Charities and booksellers, both, have been hit hard by the shutdown and we wanted to make a (admittedly very small) gesture of support.


*Book tokens can only be used within the UK and will be divided between £20 for the winning writer and a £10 token for the person of their choice.