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The Aryamati Poetry Prize
For social change and peace poetry

The 2024 Prize is on hiatus, with plans to repen in 2025.

The Aryamati Prize seeks poets who write for social change and peace. Past winners have included Ricky Ray, Morag Anderson, Katrina Dybzynska, Pippa Little, Jenny Mitchell and Sundra Lawrence. 

Fly on the Wall Press specialises in political fiction, poetry and cross-genre anthologies on pressing issues, from exceptional international authors.

A x 5 finalist in the British Book Awards for Small Press of the Year, Fly on the Wall Press books have been recognised internationally for their quality from poetry awards (The Laurel Prize, The Julie Suk Award) to short stories and fiction (Saboteur awards, the Edge Hill Prize.)

Useful Info:

  • This is an international prize; FOTW has international distribution.

  • All of our books are placed in both national and independent bookshops; we regularly sell our books at UK book fairs.

  • Contracts include ethical royalties and free copies for the author.

  • We ensure all our books are widely reviewed and promoted through events, social media, newsletters and partnerships.

This poetry prize remembers Cambridge graduate, Olga Kenyon, (Aryamati), who had a rich career involving teaching, lecturing and writing. She was a well-respected non-fiction author, documenting and researching the history of women's writing and had eight books published. As a keen poet she won the North West Libraries poetry award in 2013 and her poem about Alderley Edge was displayed on the city's trams. The prize represents that which Aryamati held dear: reading widely, writing to her loved ones from across the globe by postcard and seeking critical feedback on her work, constantly aiming to improve her craft.

Links to Aryamati's Work:

800 Years of Women's Letters

Women Writers Talk

Travel and Trouble

Link to the Aryamati Bursary Fund 

(British Association for Mindfulness-Based Approaches)

Due to Aryamati's generosity The Breathworks

Foundation awards bursaries each year to make sure

no-one is excluded from experiencing the life-changing

benefits of mindfulness due to financial hardship.

Aryamati had lived with chronic pain for many years

and experienced great benefit from the Breathworks


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