Poetry competition: The Wigtown Poetry Prize


19 March 2020
The international Scottish poetry competition, which was refreshed and rebranded in 2019, welcomes entries from poets from anywhere in the world

There are prizes in various categories:

• The Wigtown Prize: £1,500 and £200.

•The Wigtown Scots Prize: £500 and £200.
• The Wigtown Scottish Gaelic Prize: £500 and £200.

In these three categories, submit original, unpublished poems up to 40 lines in one of English, Gaelic or Scots. Winning poems will be published in Southlight magazine and winners and runners up will be published online. The entry fee is £6.50 for the first poem, £17 for three poems and each subsequent poem is £15 or £12 for a block of three.

• Dumfries & Galloway Fresh Voice Award for a poet from that area who has not previously been published: A package of mentoring and support and a writing course at Monaick Mhor. Enter whatever work you feel is appropriate. Entry is free.

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• Alastair Reid Pamphlet Prize: 30 copies of a pamphlet of your work. Submit 8-12 poems. The entry fee is £15.

The closing date is 29 May.

For full details see the website.


Think about how to analyse poetry  – read what Sandeep Parmar says about how to read a poem.