Wigtown Poetry Competition

In association with the Saltire Society, the Scottish Poetry Library and the Gaelic Books Council

The 2018 Competition

This year's Wigtown Poetry Competition received 735 entries. In addition to poets from Scotland and the wider UK, poets entered the competition from the USA, India, France, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark and Japan. Competing poets entered their work into one or more of our four categories.

With thanks to all our entrants and judges. Join us, the poets, and judges during the Festival to celebrate our winners at our Wigtown Poetry Competition event on Saturday 29 September.

We are delighted to announce the winners as follows below.

NB All poems will open in .pdf


Judge: Christine De Luca

Winner: Jane Lovell, Starlings

Runner Up: Owen Lewis, As if it didn't matter which way was home
Highly Commended: Robert Duncan, Evolution
Highly Commended: Alycia Pirmohamed, Hawwa is Creating her Garden
Highly Commended: Lauren Pope, Meditation V

Scottish Gaelic

Judge: Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul

Winner: Calum Rothach, Learag

Highly Commended: Anne Frater, An t-ionnsachadh òg


Judge: Jenny Lindsay

Winner: Robert Duncan, The Threit

Highly Commended: John Brewster, Fife Zen, 1977

Dumfries & Galloway Fresh Voice Award (new for 2018)

Judges: Adrian Turpin, Marjorie Lotfi Gill

Winner: Katy Ewing

Download Katy Ewing's poem The Minister's Pool

This year we have introduced a new category, the D&G Fresh Voice Award. This is awarded to a poet living in or from Dumfries & Galloway who has never professionally published a full-length collection, but shows exceptional promise.