Wigtown Poetry Prize 2019 now open for submissions

Scotland’s International Poetry Prize, open to all.  

Based in Scotland’s National Book Town, for over a decade Wigtown Poetry Competition has become one of the UK’s best-established writing prizes and a launchpad for many writers’ careers.

Refreshed and rebranded in 2019, Wigtown Poetry Prize welcomes entries from poets writing in English wherever they may live. Separate categories celebrate the best of Scottish Gaelic and Scots language poetry, a special category acknowledges a rising talent in Dumfries & Galloway, and a new pamphlet prize is named in memory of Alastair Reid – local poet and one of Scotland’s foremost literary figures.

The competition closes on 7 June 2019, with a prize-giving at Wigtown Book Festival in the autumn. We hope to see you there.

The Gaelic Books Council, Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre, Scottish Poetry Library, Scottish Review of Books, StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival.

Wigtown Prize: £1500
Runner-up: £200  

Wigtown Scots Prize: £500
Runner-up: £200  

Wigtown Scottish Gaelic Prize: £500
Runner-up: £200  

Dumfries & Galloway Fresh Voice Award
A package of professional support including a residency at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre  

Alastair Reid Pamphlet Prize
30 copies of a pamphlet of your work set by Gerry Cambridge  

Those entering Wigtown Scottish Gaelic and Wigtown Scots categories can also submit their poems to be considered for the Wigtown Prize free-of-charge.

To find out more and to enter, click here.

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