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McCash Poetry Competition 2011


The Herald‘s annual Scots language poetry competition, the McCash, was launched last week. The full article about this year’s competition, including winning poems from previous years, is here. However, you need to have an account at the paper — which is free — if you want to read the whole article, so here are the competition details for anyone who is thinking of submitting:

Poets can submit up to three entries, of no more than 30 lines, in any form of Scots, and in any poetic form from sonnet to free verse. They should be printed or written clearly on A4 paper with name and address and contact phone on the reverse side and posted to Lesley Duncan, Poetry Editor, The Herald, 200 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 3QB, or emailed to, with address and contact phone number included, to arrive no later than Saturday, August 20.

The first prize is £750; the second, £350; the third, £200; and there is also a prize of £200 for the best entry from someone aged 17 or under.

Competition entries will be deposited in the National Library of Scotland to offer a permanent snapshot of the creative mood and preoccupations of the nation in 2011.

Liz Lochhead’s fellow judges will be Alan Riach and Nigel Leask, professors of Scottish and English Literature respectively at Glasgow University, and Lesley Duncan.

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