2015 Wigtown Book Festival Poetry Competition

Details of the 2015 Wigtown Book Festival Poetry competition have just been announced:

Main Prize £1500
Runner-up £400
Eight additional prizes of £25 each
Judge: Jim Carruth

Scottish Gaelic Prize £250
Judge: Peter Mackay
Scots Prize £250
Judge: Frances Robson
Enter online here, or for more information visit:
www.facebook.com/WigtownPoetryComp or telephone 01988 402036
Scotland’s International Poetry Prize, Open to All
In association with Saltire Society, Scottish Poetry Library and The Gaelic Books Council

The guidelines below apply to online entries.
If you would like to enter the competition by post, please download the guidelines and entry form for paper submission (.pdf)


By entering the competition you agree that your entries comply with the 2015 Competition Rules:




  • All poems are judged anonymously and the name of the poet must not appear in the the manuscript (must be a .doc file),
  • Poems must not be previously published, accepted for publication or currently entered into another competition.
  • Each poem must be saved in a separate Microsoft Word document (.doc format) and the entrant must indicate which part(s) of the competition it is entered for (Main Prize, Scottish Gaelic or Scots), using the categories supplied in the online entry form.
  • The same poem can be entered for more than one part of the competition but it must be entered individually under each category in the online entry form and will be counted as a separate entry.
  • Poems must not exceed 40 lines (not including title).
  • There is no theme – your poem(s) may be on any subject of your choosing.
  • All entrants must be 16 years of age or over.
  • Entries may be in English, Scottish Gaelic or Scots.
  • The competition is open to anyone throughout and outside the United Kingdom.
  • 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 paid.
  • 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 29th May 2015. No entries will be accepted after this date.
  • Winners will be notified by Friday 14th August 2015. Winners will be listed on the Wigtown Book Festival website from Friday 18th September 2015. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • No employee or board member of Wigtown Festival Company, Saltire Society, Scottish Poetry Library or The Gaelic Books Council 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 18th September 2015.


Fee 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.