Our shortlist for September 2020’s Pick of the Month has a distinctly international feel about it, as we take off from Josephine Lay‘s Gloucestershire and head for Ireland – K.S. Moore (via Wales) and DS Maolalai – and beyond to Tunisia’s Ilhem Issaoui,  Nwuguru Chidiebere Sullivan in the Ebonyi State of Nigeria and Sekhar Banerjee in Kolkata, India. It is an indication of just how far-reaching Ink Sweat & Tears has become and these are only a few of the countries that our featured poets have come from over the years.

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 September 2020 Pick of the Month′ in the Categories list to your right on the screen.

Voting is now closed.

For the coronavirus period, our normal Pick ‘prize’ of £10 towards the 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. Sadly, despite our international shortlist this month, we are unable to find suitable cost-effective alternatives outside the UK.