McLellan Poetry Prize


No competition in 2020 

There is no competition this year, please come back next year for details of the 2021 competition

Competition Rules

  • The competition is open to anyone except members of the McLellan Festival team. You may enter any number of poems and on any subject.

  • Poems should be of no more than 80 lines (excluding title), in English and your own original work (no translations).

  • Poems must not have won a prize in any other competition or have been published, self-published (including on social media) or accepted for publication in print or online at the time of the closing date. Entrants must notify the organisers promptly of any change in circumstances that occurs after the date of entry.

  • Each poem should be on a separate page, in black Times New Roman size 12 font and in A4 format (one side only). Poems will be judged anonymously and must NOT include the poet’s name or any other distinguishing mark.

  • No alterations may be made once an entry has been received, nor fees refunded.

  • The entry fee is £6 for the first poem and £5 for each subsequent poem submitted on the same form. You can use your Paypal account if you have one or any UK-issued bank card. Your transaction will be securely processed by Paypal.

  • Closing date for uploading entries is midnight, 21st June 2019.

  • Copyright remains with the author but Arran Theatre and Arts Trust reserves the right to publish winning and shortlisted poems for two years from the date the results are announced.

  • The judge’s decision is final. Neither he nor the organisers will enter into any correspondence. Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply will result in disqualification.

  • Prize-winners will be notified individually before the end of July and invited to read at the award ceremony with Sean O'Brien on the Isle of Arran on Friday, 30th August 2019. Electronic copies of the winning poems with biographies and photos will be required from the winners. The results of the competition with copies of the poems will be published on the festival website within one week of the award ceremony.

  • The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judge if necessary and not to award prizes if, in the judge’s opinion, such action is justified.

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