Rachel won The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019/20 and the W&A Short Story Competition 2020. She has had winning and listed poems in many other competitions, including The White Review Short Story Prize 2019, The Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize 2019, The London Magazine Poetry Prize and The Poetry Book Society/ Mslexia Pamphlet Competition 2019. Rachel’s poems and fiction have been widely published, including in The London Magazine, Magma, Stand, New Welsh ReaderThe White Review, Ink, Sweat and Tears and many others. Rachel has also had poems commissioned by BBC Radio, the British Library/ Poet in the City and Apples & Snakes North.


Bower, Rachel & Simon Armitage, eds. Mothers, Fathers, Daughters, Sons. Faber (under contract).

Bower, Rachel. Mothers of Gods (under review). A selection of poems from this collection were highly commended in the Poetry Book Society/ Mslexia Pamphlet Prize 2019/20.

Bower, Rachel. Moon Milk. Valley Press, July 2018.

Bower, Rachel and Helen Mort, eds. Verse Matters. Scarborough: Valley Press, December 2017.


“Against the Tide”, Winner of The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019/20

“Potted Plants”, Winner of the W&A Short Story Competition 2020

Highly Commended, Poetry Book Society/ Mslexia Pamphlet Prize 2020

Longlist, Fish Publishing Short Story Prize 2020

Longlist, Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize 2019

Longlist, HWA/ Dorothy Dunnet Short Story Competition 2019

Homing‘, shortlisted for the White Review Short Story Prize 2019

‘Postnatal Ward’, Fourth Prize, York Literature Festival Poetry Prize 2018

‘Oyster’ and ‘Faith’, 2nd and 3rd Prizes, Mother’s Milk Books Writing Prize 2017

Five poems, shortlisted for the 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize, Newcastle University

‘Moonlodge’, longlisted in Mslexia Poetry Competition 2017

‘Amber’, shortlisted for the London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016


Bower, Rachel. “Against the Tide.” The London Magazine (June/July 2020)

Bower, Rachel. “Keeping Time.” The London Magazine (April/May 2020).

Bower, Rachel. Four Poems. Poetry and Audience, March 2020

Bower, Rachel. Two Poems. And the Stones Fell Open, edited by Ian Harker. March 2020.

Bower, Rachel. “Three Lions.” The London Magazine, Dec 2019/ Jan 2020.

Bower, Rachel. “Two Poems.” The Banghor Literary Review, December 2019.

Bower, Rachel. “Run for Your Life.” The Result is What You See Today: Poems About Running Ed. by Paul Deaton, Kim Moore & Ben Wilkinson. Smith| Doorstep, 1 October 2019.

Bower, Rachel. “Haibun Meltdown” & “Riches” – Islands Are But Mountains: New Poetry from the UK, Platypus Press, October 2019

Bower, Rachel. “Continue on Loop” – Magma 74 (Work Issue), 2019.

Bower, Rachel. Five Poems. The Mechanics’ Institute Review 16: Climate. September 2019.

Bower, Rachel. “Homing“. The White Review Short Story Prize 2019, April 2019.

Bower, Rachel. Four Poems. Stand 17.2. Summer 2019.

Bower, Rachel. Two Poems: “Cannula” & “Shedding”, Wild Court December 2018 (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “After the Stork”, New Welsh Reader (December, Winter 2018)

Bower, Rachel. “Aubade”, Riggwelter Press (November 2018)

Bower, Rachel. “Wordling” Literary Mama (October 2018)

Bower, Rachel. Apple Ducking. Poem of the North (Canto 2.6). Fifty Years of the Northern Poetry Library. 16 August 2018. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “How to Speak of Grief.” Ink, Sweat and Tears, 16 August 2018. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “Riches”, illustrated by Alice Mollon. Popshot, Issue 21, August 2018.

Bower, Rachel. “FoalingAnd Other Poems, 15 June 2018. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “Postnatal Ward” Fourth Prize, York Literature Festival Poetry Prize 2018. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “Little Marys” The Interpreter’s House 67, April 2018.

Bower, Rachel. Five Poems: “Hope”; “Tanka”; “Sugar Beet”; “Moon Milk”; “Light Work”. Peacock Journal, March 2018. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “Custard Creams” Bonnie’s Crew Anthology (for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund). Edited by Kate Garrett. May 2018.

Bower, Rachel “Revolution” & “Light Work” Bonnie’s Crew (Children’s Heart Surgery Fund). Edited by Kate Garrett. February 2018. (Best of the Net 2018 Nomination. Available online)

Bower, Rachel. “A Quite Unsuitable Game” Podcast 3/3 Apples and Snakes North, 6 January 2018. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “Light” Frontier PoetryJanuary 2018. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “Tone Deaf” Atrium, January 2018. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “Speck.” Laldy #1 Clochoderick Press, Paisley, January 2018.

Bower, Rachel. “Sheffield to Aleppo”; “Amber” Verse Matters Anthology, Valley Press, 2017.

Bower, Rachel. “Fruit”; “Stones”; “Track”. The Flambard Prizewinners’ Anthology 2017.

Bower, Rachel. “Note to a Neighbour” The Writers’ Cafe Magazine #3, December 2017. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “What Colour is the Wind?” Strix #2, November 2017.

Bower, Rachel. “Big Issue” Picaroon Poetry Issue #11, November 2017. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. ‘Son’ Wordlife, Now Then Manchester. September 2017. (available online) 

Bower, Rachel. Waiting; Cherries; New BeginningsFoxglove Journal July-August 2017. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “Shades” Visual Verse 4.7, May 2017. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “Yarl’s Wood” (a palimpsest translation of Anne Askew’s “The Ballad Which Anne Askew Made and Sang When She Was in Newgate, 1546”). The Stare’s Nest, 23 April 2017. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. “Sheffield to Aleppo”, Wildcate Dispatches: for Dangerous Times, December 2016 (available online).

Bower, Rachel. ‘Women of Steel‘. Commissioned by BBC National Poetry Day 2016 / Forward Foundation. Abridged video version by BBC also available. Also published in Now Then, Issue 108, 2017. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. ‘Amber’ Shortlisted for the London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016.

Bower, Rachel. ‘Warning’ Visual Verse 3.9, 2016. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. ‘Shard’ Full Moon and Foxglove. Sheffield: Three Drops Press, 2016.

Bower, Rachel. ‘Coppers’ Remembering Oluwale: An Anthology. Scarborough: Valley Press, 2016.

Bower, Rachel. ‘Orange Blossom’; ‘City Square’; Silk Flowers’ Fresh and Featured. Pankhearst Press, 2016. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. ‘Interview.’ Fresh and Featured, Pankhearst Press, 2016. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. ‘Candy’; ‘Blue Nails’ Stand 14.2, 2016.

Bower, Rachel. ‘Persephone’ Beltane Anthology. Three Drops From a Cauldron, 2016.

Bower, Rachel. ‘Soul Seed’ Fresh. Pankhearst Press, 2015. (available online)

Bower, Rachel. ‘Soul Seed.’ Longlisted for the Plough Prize 2015.


“In this time of isolation and uncertainty Rachel Bower’s story “Against the Tide” shows that the consolation of great writing endures. The short story is a difficult form to master but there were many strong submissions this year. “Against the Tide” is contemporary, playfully poised and vivid – held in the proportions structure, it is a heartening read.”

Steven O’Brien, co-editor of The London Magazine

Bower, Rachel. Moon Milk. Valley Press (July 2018).

Moon Milk is a joy… With an unusually acute power of remembrance, a great skill for channelling emotional anxiety, and a battery of formal approaches with which to convey trepidation, uncertainty, and unrestrained celebration, Bower gifts the reader a dynamically mutable picture of maternity.” (Review, Yorkshire Times)

A really beautiful sequence which focuses on pregnancy and childbirth without an ounce of sentimentality. Rachel Bower’s poems blew me away.  I loved the mythologising, the variety of form, the delicate handlng of emotion and the feminist angle. A very fine book.” (Carole Bromley)

Rachel Bower portrays very early motherhood with startling originality, exploring the natural world in new and sensual ways.” (Rebecca Goss, Judge’s Report, 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize)

Rachel Bower’s poems brim with generosity and intelligence. Her work takes an unsentimental-but-joyous look at motherhood, and there’s always hope and comfort in the way her writing defamiliarises the world. These poems are intimate and honest, full of strange fruit, glimpses of the moon, moments of privacy. They create new desire paths in language – paths you won’t be able to resist following.” (Helen Mort)

Rachel Bower’s work was rich in the language of body, around a theme of birth that used fruit, ships and animal imagery to explore the experience” (Ellen Phethean, Judge’s Report, 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize)

Bower, Rachel and Helen Mort (eds). Verse Matters. Scarborough: Valley Press, December 2017.

The editors, both Sheffield-based, award-winning writers, have ensured a high standard, and selected these poems and stories for their promise and their power.” (Debjanee Chatterjee, MBE)

This anthology hopes to confirm the legislative power of fiction, to show that – in times like these – it is more important than ever to celebrate words that attest to being alive – and being human. We want to insist on human connections in times in which these are being eroded.” Rachel Bower & Helen Mort (editors)

Rachel Bower “Light” Frontier Poetry, January 2018

“Rachel Bower’s “Light” takes residence in the calm back of the throat between breaths. From her choices around line break and caesura, to the unforgettable image of the “dawn-woman”—who of us is without a dawn-woman inside?—Bower crafts a poem for the pause we all need.” (Frontier Poetry, January 2018)