The McLellan Poetry Prize is awarded by the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust as part of the annual McLellan Arts Festival.


Now in its fourteenth year, past judges have included Kathleen Jamie, Robert Crawford, Jackie Kay, Peter and Ann Sansom, Michael Laskey, Simon Armitage, David Constantine, Maura Dooley, Sinéad Morrissey and Sean O'Brien. No competition was held in 2020 due to COVID restrictions. A decision has sadly been made that due to continuing restrictions on indoor events, the live Arts Festival will be postponed until 2022.

However, the 2021 Poetry Competition is going ahead. The judge this year will be the poet Luke Wright (recent winner of the Saboteur Award 2021 for the best Spoken Word Performer).



THANK YOU for all the amazing entries into this year's competition.  The virtual winners' presentation evening with Luke Wright was a great success and his choice of winning and commended entries may be read using the buttons below.

Winning and Commended Entries

Luke Wright


Dubbed "the bard of lockdown' by The Telegraph after his marathon of 100 online gigs, Luke is the author of four books of poems, three verse plays and ten poetry stage shows, and has recently won the Saboteur Award 2021 for the best Spoke Word Performer.


He has toured his work all over the world and his work is regularly broadcast on television and radio.


You can keep up to date with the competition by liking and following our dedicated Facebook Page

Previous Years

Judge Sean O'Brien with the many of the 2019 Winners and the Competition Organisers at the Prize Giving on Arran.

 (from the right: Cicely Gill, Organiser; Sean O'Brien, Competition Judge; Jane Kinton, 3rd Prize; Kitty Donnelly, Commended; Pamela Brough, 1st Prize; James Caruth, Commended & David Underdown, Organiser.)

2018 winner Char March recorded her entry in Scots and English
Maura Dooley presents 1st Prize to  2017 winner Louise Greig
Jed Myers receiving 1st Prize from
David Constantine in 2016
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John Foggin receiving 1st Prize from
Simon Armitage in 2015