The prizewinners in the fourth Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition were announced at a ceremony at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Wednesday, August 17. The ceremony was held just before the first anniversary of the death, at the age of 90, of Professor Edwin Morgan, who held the post of Scotland’s first Makar, or national poet.
The competition, sponsored by the University of Strathclyde and hosted by the Book Festival, offers one of the biggest poetry prizes in the UK, with awards totalling £6,600. The winning poems were chosen by this year’s judges, poets Vicki Feaver and Kona Macphee.
To read this year's winning poems and a selection of "commended" poems, please click here.
To read the judges' commentaries on the shortlisted poems, please click here.
Kona Macphee was born in London in 1969 but grew up in Australia, She now lives in Perthshire, where she works as a freelance writer and as the co-director of a software and consultancy company. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 1998.and her first collection, Tails, was published by Bloodaxe in 2004. Her second collection Perfect Blue (also Bloodaxe) was published in March 2010.
Vicki Feaver is one of Britain's leading poets. She has written three collections of poetry: Close Relatives (Secker, 1981), The Handless Maiden (Cape, 1994) and The Book of Blood (Cape 2006), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. She has read and taught at festivals all over the world. Her work is represented in many anthologies of contemporary poetry, and a selection is included in the Penguin Modern Poets series. She has also published essays on the process of writing and on twentieth century women poets.
The closing date is 9am on Friday 10th June 2011.
Maximum of 60 lines per poem
The Prize is open to anyone, including non-UK applicants, over 18 years
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published on any website or broadcast (this includes publication on social networking sites, e.g. Facebook).
Entries must be in English.
Entries must be anonymous with no identifying marks other than the title
Alterations cannot be made to poems once they have been submitted
Entrants can submit up to 3 (three) poems, provided the appropriate entry fee is included: the entry fee is £5 per poem
No employee of the University of Strathclyde may enter the competition
The copyright of each poem remains with the author. The authors of the winning poems must grant the University of Strathclyde the right to use the poems for one year from date of award
Prizewinners will be notified in writing by July 24th 2011. The list of prizewinners will be displayed on the website after the prize-giving ceremony in August 2011.
The judge's decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into
Competition entries cannot be returned.
Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.