Wigtown Poetry Prize

In association with the Gaelic Books Council, Moniack Mhor, Scottish Poetry Library, Scottish Review of Books, 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 2019 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 new pamphlet prize is named in memory of Alastair Reid - local poet and one of Scotland's foremost literary figures. The competition closes on 7 June 2019, with a prize-giving at Wigtown Book Festival in the autumn.

For more information on how to enter, please visit the new Wigtown Poetry Prize website.


The 2018 Competition

Last year's 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, judges and sponsors.

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.