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Wigtown Poetry Prize

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

Scotland's International Poetry Prize was founded in 2005, and is regarded as one of the UK's best-established writing competitions and a launchpad for many writers' careers. Now refreshed and rebranded as the Wigtown Poetry Prize, entries are being accepted for our 2020 competition.

Entries are accepted 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 - born in Galloway and one of Scotland's most respected poets. For more information on how to enter, please visit the dedicated Wigtown Poetry Prize website.

2020 Prize details


Wigtown Prize: £1500

Runner-up: £200
Judge: Roseanne Watt 


Wigtown Scots Prize: £500

Runner-up: £200
Judge: George T. Watt


Wigtown Scottish Gaelic Prize: £500

Runner-up: £200
Judge: Anna Frater  


Dumfries & Galloway Fresh Voice Award

A package of professional support including mentoring and a retreat at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre
Judging Panel from Wigtown Festival Company Board of Trustees


Alastair Reid Pamphlet Prize

Production of a pamphlet set by Gerry Cambridge 
Judge: Roseanne Watt   


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


Deadline: 29 May 2020

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