Saboteur Awards 2017


The Saboteur Awards are independant poetry awards in which the nominations come from the public and then the public vote for the winners.
Nearly 4,300 people voted on the shortlists in the hopes that their favourite indie literature would win. The shortlist had a huge amount variety, but there was far more that united them than divided them. They represent literature at its most activist, fierce, and tender, and Saboteur hope that you will go forth and discover each and everyone one of them.


Best Wildcard: Women Allowed NI

Best Anthology: Remembering Oluwale, ed. SJ Bradley (Valley Press)

Best Spoken Word Performer: Dominic Berry

Best Reviewer: Freya McClements

Best Poetry Pamphlet: Glass by Elisabeth Sennitt Clough (Paper Swans Press)

Best Spoken Word Show: Fat Girls Don’t Dance by Maria Ferguson

Best Novella: The Night Visitors by Jenn Ashworth & Richard Hirst (Dead Ink)

Best Regular Spoken Word Night: Interrobang?! (Edinburgh)

Best Short Story Collection: Wild Gestures by Lucy Durneen (MidnightSun Publishing)

Best Collaborative Work: WomenXBorders – Women Aloud 2017 & Irish Writers Centre

Most Innovative Publisher: Indigo Dreams Publishing

Full details, including links to the shortlists can be found on the Sabotage website: