The William Bonar Prize

William Bonar
The William Bonar Prize 2021
 
An Annual Poetry Prize in memory of the poet William Bonar. This gifted and well-loved poet brought out three collections of poetry – his two most recent on Red Squirrel Press – and was the co-founder of St Mungo’s Mirrroball – the Glasgow poetry network. This prize is supported by St Mungo’s Mirrorball and Red Squirrel Press.
 
Timing
 
The closing date for entries for this prize will be on 31st December 2021, and the winner will be announced on the anniversary of his birthday 17th February.
 
Eligibility
 
Entrants should be over 18 years old and currently based in Scotland. They should not previously have brought out any size of collection, whether book or pamphlet.   
 
Process
 
Entrants should submit a group of 10-12 poems. These poems should be the original work of the poet and can be in English, Scots or Gaelic. The poems should not be over five years old. Entrants should also provide a short biography in support of their submission.  There will be no fee though applicants are restricted to making one entry each year. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically marked ‘The William Bonar Poetry Prize
to  jimcarruth63@gmail.com
 
Judges
 
The judges will comprise of Sheila Wakefield and Elizabeth Rimmer from Red Squirrel Press, Eleanor Livingstone (ex-director of StAnza), Lynnda Wardle, and Pàdraig MacAoidh will be the Gaelic judge.   
 
Prize
 
The winner will receive the following:
 
publication of a pamphlet of their work; 30 free copies and subsidy on any further copies; editorial support in developing the pamphlet from Gerry Cambridge; a reading at St Mungo’s Mirrorball.