This is an annual competition held in honour of Perth’s greatest poet. Now in its twelfth year, it attracts writers from across the globe, as far afield as India and South Africa. It alternates between poetry and short stories; for 2013, poems may be entered. Previous winners of this prestigious competition have gone on to enjoy further success including having their work published.
Entry is free and open to anyone in the world over the age of 16, but individuals are limited to two poems.
This year’s judge is Brian Johnstone, who is a Scottish poet.
First Prize: An Arvon Writing course at Moniack Mhor (for which the normal fee would be approximately £600), or another of the UK Arvon Centres. The winner will be announced on Writers’ Day, Saturday 31st August 2013, at the AK Bell Library Perth.
Second Prize: £100 Book Tokens.
Local Prize: A local prize of £50 will also be awarded for the best work from a resident of Perth and Kinross.
- The deadline for all entries is Tuesday 2nd July 2013.
- All entrants must be 16 years of age or over.
- Poems must not exceed 40 lines.
- A maximum of two poems may be submitted.