Wigtown Poetry Prize 2020 is now open!

Scotland’s International Poetry Prize, open to all. 

Founded in 2005, the Wigtown Poetry Prize is one of the UK’s best established writing competitions 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 pamphlet prize is named in memory of Alastair Reid – local poet and one of Scotland’s foremost literary figures. 

The competition closes on 29 May 2020, 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
Saltire Society
Scottish Poetry Library
StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival  

Wigtown Prize: £1500
Runner-up: £200 

Wigtown Scots Prize: £500
Runner-up: £200
Supported by Saltire Society 

Wigtown Scottish Gaelic Prize: £500
Runner-up: £200
Supported by The Gaelic Books Council 

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

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

Invitation to Read at StAnza 2021
A winner of one or more categories will be selected at the discretion of StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival and Wigtown Festival Company

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

For more details on how to enter, visit the Wigtown Poetry Prize website.

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