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.

The 2021 competition is now open for submissions. The judge this year will be Luke Wright. Entry is online or by post, click the pink button below for more details. The closing date for entries is Sunday 4th July.

Prizewinners will be notified individually before the end of July and invited to read at the award ceremony with Luke Wright on the Isle of Arran on Friday 27th August 2021. The results of the competition with copies of the poems will be published on the festival website within one week of the award ceremony

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.


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

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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
John Foggin receiving 1st Prize from
Simon Armitage in 2015
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