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Janet Coats Memorial Prize

Be radical and submit your poems to the Janet Coats Memorial Prize.

Paisley Book Festival’s theme this year is Radical New Futures, motivated by the importance of green spaces which can offer solace and recuperation at a time of crisis. They can be grand places of outstanding beauty or small, resilient patches of nature in the hearts of our towns and cities. They could be anything from parks to window boxes. Some are carefully manicured, others unkempt and wild.

We would like to read, hear and see your poetry on the theme of Green Spaces.

Please email your poems of up to 40 lines (either in a Word Document, MP3 or MP4 file) to with Janet Coats Memorial Prize in the subject line. You can enter one poem only and the closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 11th December 2020. You don’t have to be over 18 to submit an entry, we have a prize for under 18s too.

Shortlisted writers will be revealed online in January 2021 and will have their work published and presented at the Paisley Book Festival 2021 in February. Our judges have yet to be confirmed, and the winners will be expected to attend an awards ceremony as part of the Paisley Book Festival in Feb 2021 Winners will be announced on the night and there are cash prizes for both winners in the under and over 18s categories.

Closing date: Friday 11th December 2020 at 5pm.

Submitting your work: email your poems of up to 40 lines to in a Word Document, MP3 or MP4 file with ‘Janet Coats Memorial Prize’ in the subject line.  Writers retain full copyright of their work.

Who can enter? If you are over 18 and were born in Scotland or you live or have lived in Scotland, you can enter the Janet Coats Memorial Prize. If you are under 18 and live in Renfrewshire, you can enter the Janet Coats Memorial Prize.

Prize: Over 18s: £850, Under 18s: £250 (£200 for the school library and £50 for the winning pupil)

 Terms and Conditions

  1. Entries received after 5pm on Friday 11th December 2020 will not be eligible for the Janet Coats Memorial Prize.
  2. Writers may submit only one poem whether written, MP3 or MP4 file.
  3. Submit all poems blindly with no names or contact information on the file formats.
  4. Writers retain full copyright of their work and we will only publish work with the permission of each winning shortlisted writer.
  5. The competition is open to residents of Scotland over 18, those who have previously lived in Scotland over 18, or residents of Renfrewshire under 18.
  6. Mut state which of the two categories you are submitting for along with your residential details in the body of the email.
  7. There is no entry fee, no purchase necessary and you do not need to attend any of the Paisley Book Festival events to enter this competition.
  8. Written poems submitted in ARIEL font at 12 point size, with single-spaced poem lines and double-spaced Stanza spacing, and must not be previously published.

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