Announcing Primers Volume Six


Nine Arches Press are thrilled to announce the three poets selected for Primers Volume Six, as chosen by poet

Rishi Dastidar and Nine Arches' editor Jane Commane. Congratulations to:

Kym Deyn, Estelle Price and Fathima Zahra

    Photo credit: Abi Bansal

Kym Deyn is a poet, playwright and fortune teller. They have a Legitimate Snack forthcoming with Broken Sleep Books, as well as work in Carcanet’s Brotherton Poetry Prize Anthology. Otherwise, they have been widely published in a range of anthologies and journals including Butcher's Dog and the Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry. They are one of the winners of the 2020 Outspoken Prize for Poetry.

Read Kym's poem 'Lich-Wake, Again' here.




Estelle Price is the winner of the 2021 Welsh Poetry Competition and the 2018 Book of Kells Writing Competition. Her poetry has been placed/ listed in the National, Bridport, Welshpool, London Magazine and other competitions. Poems have left home for Poetry Wales, Crannog, Marble Poetry, 14 Lines, Alchemy Spoon and the Stony Thursday Book. Before she knew she was a poet she was a lawyer, a classicist, a charity worker.

Read Estelle's poem 'The Oxford Interview' here


Fathima Zahra is an Indian poet and performer based in Essex. She is a Barbican Young Poet and a Roundhouse Poetry Collective alum. Her poems have won the Bridport Prize, Asia House Poetry Slam and Wells Fest Young Poets Prize. Her debut pamphlet Sargam / Swargam is out with ignitionpress. 

Read Fathima's poem 'Pass' here.


 Our thanks to the other Primers Volume Six shortlisted poets:

Jenny Danes

Juliet Humphreys

Oli Isaac

Dillon Jaxx

Prerana Kumar

Sally Tissington

Sammy Weaver

With gratutude also to the longlisted and commended poets: Chloe Balcomb, Julian Bishop, Chris Boyland, Francesca Brooks, Iftikhar Latif, Alice Merry, JC Niala, Marta Palandri and Dominic Weston.


Our hearty congratulations to the finalists, shortlisted and commended poets, and our sincere thanks to everyone who entered poems into the Primers Volume Six call for submissions.


Please see the Nine Arches Press blog to read sample poems from all the shortlisted poets.


About Primers: 

Primers is a biannual mentoring and publication scheme organised by Nine Arches Press, now in its sixth edition. It provides a unique opportunity for talented poets to find publication and receive a programme of supportive feedback, mentoring and promotion.

The three selected finalists will receive mentoring from poet Rishi Dastidar, author of Saffron Jack and Ticker-Tape, and editor of The Craft, with editorial support from Nine Arches Press editor and Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow Jane Commane, and publication in Primers Volume Six in summer 2022, followed by events and readings.


Primers Volume Six - dates to remember:

  • Submissions open: Wednesday 14thApril 2021
  • Submission deadline: Midnight (BST) on Sunday 25th July 2021
  • Shortlist announced: 14th October 2021
  • Deadline for additional submissions by ten shortlisted poets: 28thOctober 2021
  • Finalists announced: 1stDecember 2021.
  • Mentoring: January-May 2022.
  • Publication of Primers Volume Six: July 2022