Rachel’s poems have been widely published in literary magazines, including The Interpreter’s House, The London Magazine, Magma, New Welsh Review and Stand. Her work is available online in places like The London Magazine, And Other Poems, Frontier, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Wild Court. Rachel has had work commissioned by BBC Radio/ National Poetry Day, the British Library, Poet in the City and Apples & Snakes North. Her poetry pamphlet, Moon Milk was published by Valley Press in 2018. Her new collection, These Mothers of Gods, will be published by Fly on the Wall Press in July 2021. This collection includes a number of poems highly commended in the Poetry Book Society/ Mslexia Pamphlet Prize 2019/20.
Rachel’s poems have been shortlisted for the Flambard Poetry Prize (Newcastle University) and The London Magazine Poetry Prize, and she has had winning poems in several competitions including the York Literature Festival Poetry Prize and the Mother’s Milk Books Writing Prize. She was Guest Editor of The A3 Review in 2020 and edited the Verse Matters anthology with Helen Mort in 2018 (Valley Press). Rachel is currently editing a poetry anthology with Simon Armitage (Faber & Faber).
“Rachel Bower portrays very early motherhood with startling originality, exploring the natural world in new and sensual ways.” Rebecca Goss, Judge’s Report, Flambard Poetry Prize
Rachel won The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019/20 and the W&A Short Story Competition 2020. She was shortlisted for The White Review Short Story Prize 2019, and has been longlisted for several awards, including The Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize 2019.
“In this time of isolation and uncertainty Rachel Bower’s story ‘Against the Tide’ shows that the consolation of great writing endures” Steven O’Brien, Co-editor of The London Magazine