This year we introduce a new category, the Dumfries and Galloway Fresh Voice Award. This will be awarded to a poet living in or from Dumfries & Galloway who has never professionally published a full-length collection but shows exceptional promise. Writers may put themselves forward but we also welcome nominations from third parties. The selected writer will receive £150 and be invited to take part in Wigtown Book Festival 2018. They will also be offered a package of professional support. There is no entry fee and writers may submit, via email or post, as much or as little work as they feel is appropriate. Closing date: 8 June 2018.

Email: mail@wigtownbookfestival.com,

Post: Wigtown Poetry Competition, Wigtown Festival Company, 11 North Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9HN