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Judge: Graham Fulton

£500 First Prize

£200 Second Prize

£100 Third Prize

4x £50 prizes



January 25th 2018



Graham Fulton is a well-known figure on the Scottish poetry scene with 12 critically acclaimed full-length collections, and over fifteen pamphlet collections, to his name, many of which combine poetry, photography and illustration. His work has been widely published in magazines, anthologies, newspapers and online journals in Europe and the USA. He runs Controlled Explosion Press, an independent small press publisher in Scotland.

He's been writing poetry and performing poetry since 1987 when he joined the Paisley Writers' Group run by Tom Leonard, and was a founder member of the influential Itinerant Poets performance and publishing group which included Jim Ferguson and Bobby Christie.

His first major collection of poems was Humouring the Iron Bar Man published by Polygon in 1990, followed by Knights of the Lower Floors in 1994. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and Scottish Television.

He was on the editorial board of the important and popular West Coast Magazine in the early 1990s, and was joint winner of the prestigious Scotia Bar First of May Poetry Prize in 1992. He has also received three Scottish Arts Council bursaries.

***IMPORTANT NOTE*** Graham has replaced our original judge who is, unfortunately, no longer taking part in the selection of winners. Graham is, as you can see, a veteran poet, well known and highly regarded in the poetry arena. A judge to be proud of for any winner!



of Winners


Winners will be announced at our main launch, March 22nd, and from the 23rd of March, online as well. We will contact winners within 24 hours of announcement.

Out of hundreds of poems we got from all over the world - our judge, Graham Fulton, has narrowed it down to 20. They are listed here in no particular order. Congratulations for making it this far. The final 7 prize winners will be announced on March 22nd at our press launch, and will be contacted in due course via email.


1. He learns from a twin sister ...


2. Burial Wester Ross


3. Ribbons


4. The Tuesday Boys


5. The Chore


6. A carnival of souls


7. Ursula Andress learnt handstands on the set of Dr No


8. Untitled


9. I am making chutney


10. The Heated Kitchen


11. The Fine Day


12. Starting School


13. The Shipwrights


14. The Farthest Reaches


15. Highland Cathedral


16. Mouth of the Clyde, Christmastide


17. In the Company of Strangers


18. Alone in the Galaxy


19. High Dependency Unit


20. Knot

Poetry Competition

"...there were certain chapters when I stopped writing, saw the domestic situation I was in and thought, "I don't want to face this world, let's get back to the one I'm imagining."

― Alasdair Gray