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By Fiona Reid
Calling all poets

IT is the last chance to enter this year’s Wigtown Poetry Prize.

The £1500 Wigtown Prize is open to entries in any of the three languages of English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic and there are also separate Scots and Gaelic prizes.

There is also the Alastair Reid Pamphlet Prize, named in memory of one of Scotland’s foremost literary talents and which recognises a pamphlet of work rather than individual poems.

And there is the Dumfries and Galloway Fresh Voice Award, for poets living in, or from, the region who have never professionally published a full length collection.

The deadline for entries is June 10.

The judges for 2022 will be Trinidadian Scottish writer of poetry and non-fiction Vahni (Anthony Ezekiel) CapildeoFRSL, Anne C Frater who grew up in Upper Bayble, Isle of Lewis, in a home and a community where Gaelic was the main language and Brian Holton who translates poetry and prose from modern and classical Chinese into English and Scots

Adrian Turpin, Wigtown Book Festival artistic director, said: “The Wigtown Poetry Prize is a truly international celebration of Scotland’s three indigenous languages and showcases some tremendous talent.

“Poetry and poets are often seriously undervalued today. The Wigtown Poetry Prize challenges this and is designed to bring poetry to a wider audience, to support established poets and nurture those who are emerging.”

Full details on how to enter are on the Poetry Prize website.

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