Monday, January 21, 2008

Wigtown Poetry Competition

There are only four days to go to the closing date for the Wigtown Poetry Competition. It's billed as Scotland's National Poetry competition and I remember hearing about it first from an OU colleague who lives on a small island off the coast of Scotland... have to go and look that one up, there's lots of small islands off Scotland's coast!

Anyway, you can enter online, so you can beat the postal rush. What better way to gear into spring?


Colin Will said...

Thanks for the reminder. I thought of one poem that I might have entered, but when I checked my spreadsheet (sad person that I am) I discovered I'd submitted it to a mag recently. Would I rather win a comp than be published? Not sure. I might debate this.

Cailleach said...

No - that's not sad; that's organised. I have a folder of subs too, that way I know what's where. It's a good question about comp. winning vs publishing. Funnily enough I was just talking about this to a friend the other day.

Good luck if you do enter!

Rob said...

I managed to enter a poem. My plan at the beginning of the month was to enter the Wigtown and the Strokestown, but I've been writing very badly through January (not sure why) and my potential Strokestown entry is nowhere near ready.

For the last 6 months or so, I've been only sending out my best stuff - so it's a slow process, a lot of waiting about involved for both editors and competition judges to make up their minds. It also means I don't have many good poems available at any time, as they are always out and about.

If there is a good prize, I'd rather win it than be published. The chances are that a big competition winner will end up being published later on anyway.

Cailleach said...

Ooh, best of luck Rob - didn't get one in for Wigtown in the end; couldn't choose one in the end, which really means I didn't think it was good enough. I entered Strokestown last week before I changed my mind. But sure I'll never win anything anyway! Still, we dream...

I think that winners do get published later on anyway - talent does out in the end. I'd love to see you getting a prize for your poetry!