Come one, come all – it’s that time of year again. We’re talking, of course, about the fantastic Wigtown Poetry Prize.

This year’s judges are Brian Johnstone, Aonghas Phàdraig Caimbeul / Angus Peter Campbell and Rab Wilson.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday 3rd May.

For the full guidelines, forms, more information about the judges, last year’s winning poems and to enter online, see the Wigtown Poetry Prize website.

We’re delighted to have been approached by the Genomics Forum to (chromosome) pair up with them on a brand new poetry competition. You can find full information and rules here, but the salient points are:

Write a poem of no more than 50 lines on the theme of ‘improving the human’.

First prize is £500, 2nd is £200 and 3rd is £100.

Entry is free!

The deadline for entries is 7 October 2010 (National Poetry Day)

The judges are Gwyneth Lewis (Wales’s National Poet 2005-06), Peggy Hughes at the Scottish Poetry Library, and Professor Steve Yearley, (director of the Genomics Forum).

Poems should not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Entrants can be of any nationality. Entrants can only submit one poem.

Send your poems to

Winners will be contacted in November 2010 and a list of winning entries will be posted on the Genomics Forum website by the end of November.

A selection of the winning and shortlisted poems will be published in a special publication of the Forum in 2010.

The Scottish Poetry Library will host an evening of poetry readings based on the winning entries.