2014 – Wigtown Poetry Competition

The Wigtown Book Festival have just launched the 2014 Wigtown Poetry competition … with a first prize of £2000

You can also enter on-line at: http://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/poetry-competition/wigtown-poetry-prize.    We have a new Facebook page which will be kept up-to-date with competition information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wigtown-Poetry-Competition/462973290470575?fref=ts.

Download a copy of the brochure here:Poetry Competition 2014 Entry Form – PDF


• All poems are judged anonymously and the name of the poet must not appear on

the manuscript.

• Each poem must be typed on a separate sheet of paper and clearly state which

part(s) of  the competition it is entered for (Main Prize, Gaelic or Scots).

• The same poem can be entered for more than one part of the competition but it

must be typed up separately for each part and counted as a separate entry.

• For postal entries please include two copies of each poem submitted.

• Poems must not exceed 40 lines (not including title).

• All entrants must be 16 years of age or over.

• Entries may be in English, Scots, Scots/Irish Gaelic.

• The competition is open to anyone throughout and outside the United Kingdom.

• Poems must not be previously published, accepted for publication or currently

entered into another competition.

• There is no restriction on the number of poems submitted by each applicant to each

category of the competition, provided the appropriate entry fee is included.

• Competition entries cannot be returned.

• Alterations cannot be made to poems once they have been submitted.

• All Main Prize Entries will be read initially by the Scottish Poetry Library who will

create a short leet prior to the final judging.

• Closing date for entries is Friday 30th May 2014. No entries will be accepted after this date.

• Winners will be notified by Friday 15th August 2014. Winners will be listed on the

Wigtown Book Festival website from Friday 19th September 2014. The judges’

decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

• No employee or board member of Wigtown Festival Company, the Gaelic Books

Council, Saltire Society or Scottish Poetry Library may enter the competition.

• The copyright of each poem remains with the author. The authors of the

winning poems grant Wigtown Festival Company the right to use the

poems, including in Southlight Magazine, for one year from 19th September 2014.


Pricing structure

The first poem submitted costs £6.50

Multiple entries: the first three poems cost a total of £17.00.

Each subsequent entry after the first three costs £5 or a total of £12 for every additional

block of 3, ie:

1 poem £6.50; 2 poems £13; 3 poems £17; 4 poems £22; 5 poems £27; 6 poems £29;

7 poems £34; 8 poems £39; 9 poems £41; 10 poems £46; 11 poems £51; 12 poems £53 etc.