VitalSynz Winners

2008 Competition Winners: (l-r) Vicki Husband, Eddie Gibbons, Wayne Price, Kate Miller, Arthur Leung

Kate Miller

Kate Miller




The Edwin Morgan International
Poetry Competition 2008

2008 Competition Winners [click here]

>>> Alison Flood,, Wednesday August 20 2008 14:25 BST

Cambridge University graduate Kate Miller has won the inaugural Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition for her poem After the Ban. The prize of £5,000 is one of the largest for a literary award in Scotland.

The competition, which has the support of Scotland's national poet Edwin Morgan, was launched by Scottish poetry society Vital Synz. Judges including the poets Colette Bryce, Donny O'Rourke and Richard Price picked Miller's poem from over 1,000 entries. >>> read more:


The Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition 2008

»The Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition is held in association with the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Thank you to all participants.«
The competition is now closed - (deadline was 2nd JUNE 2008 Midnight GMT).

1. First Prize: £5000
2. Second Prize: £1000
3. Third Prize: £500
4. Runner-up: two prizes of £50 each

»Vital Synz is delighted to be able to host and organise one of Europe's richest poetry prizes. These prizes will be awarded to the poems that most impress this year's judges: Colette Bryce, Donny O'Rourke and Richard Price.

The competition is named in honour of Edwin Morgan, Scotland's first national poet: The Scots Makar. Widely recognised as one of the most significant poets of the twentieth century, Morgan's Collected Poems were published by Carcanet in 1990 and his Collected Translations in 1996, also by Carcanet. Since then, however, he has been as prolific as ever, publishing some thirteen books of further poems, translations and plays, most recently Tales from Baron Munchausen (Mariscat Press, 2004) and The Play of Gilgamesh (Carcanet, 2005). Among the many honours and awards Edwin Morgan has received are an OBE in 1982, the Soros Translation Award (1985), The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry (2000), the Weidenfeld Translation Prize (2001) and the Jackie Forster Memorial Award for Culture (2003).

Vital Synz wishes you all good luck!«

Find here further information and here the Competition Rules

»Welcome to a new Poetry Society for Glasgow

Our aims are straightforward: to give Glasgow readers and audiences the opportunity to hear some of the best poets in the UK and from abroad and to put on a series of events that are entertaining and informative.

We will bring to Glasgow some of the best poets in the world and when they come they will read and answer questions about their work. Some will offer a workshop and tutorial session. Poets who have already said yes (and wished the venture well) include, Simon Armitage, Ciaran Carson, Jo Shapcott, WN Herbert, Andrew Greig, Ron Butlin, Colette Bryce, Vicki Feaver and Richard Price.

Members will also have the opportunity to workshop their own poems with three resident Glasgow poets. We are fortunate, in this respect, to be able to call on the skills of three of the city's best poets: Gerry Cambridge (Aves, Essence Press, 2007), Gerry McGrath (A to B, Carcanet, 2008) and Gerrie Fellows (Window for a Small Blue Child, Carcanet, 2008). The reading will also feature short recitals by invited local poets in membership of the Society.

Our core objective is: "To promote the poetry and poets of Glasgow in an international context and nurture the development of poets and poetry across the community."«

[Vital Synz Web Site]




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