Awards and Prizes

Ockham’s Razor won a runners-up prize in the Yorkshire Open Poetry Competition at the Ilkley Literature Festival, 1996.

Travel Award for research in to the mushaira culture of Pakistan from Yorkshire Arts, 1997.

Letter to Lahore won 2nd prize in the Shrewsbury Writers’ Group poetry competition, 1998.

Year of the Artist Award for residency in the Shropshire & Mid Wales Hospice, Shrewsbury, 2000.

Dancing at Cowhill won the Editor’s Choice Award in Orbis magazine, 2002.

Arts Council England award for mentoring poets in the West Midlands, 2007.

ACE funding award for Offa’s Press start-up, 2010.

Good Grief selected as one of the ‘Poetry on Loan’ postcards, 2012.


The Poetry of Shropshire (co-edited with Jeff Phelps) selected as one of the ‘Here, there and everywhere’ collection featuring “books of poetry recommended by library staff from across the West Midlands”, 2014. Also included on the list were Black Country Dialectics, by Dave Reeves, and Bright Morning, by Jane Seabourne, also edited by Simon.

Yüan selected as joint first in the Readers’ Award (along with Frances Sackett’s Escape Artist), Orbis magazine, 2016.

Simon has been chosen as one of the ‘Poets on Loan’ for West Mildlands’ libraries by ‘Poetry on Loan’. Watch out for him popping up in regional libraries 2017-19.