Submission Details & Rules

  1. The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 writing in English who lives in the British Isles. 

  2. Entry fee is £10 for a maximum of three poems per person. Strictly only one entry per person. Payment must accompany entries.

  3. This year has been designated Scotland’s Year of Stories by VisitScotland and we would like entries to reflect this.

  4. The poems should not exceed 40 lines, excluding title and line spacing.

  5. Work submitted should be original and not have been previously published nor broadcast, nor have won a prize in another competition. The poems should not be under consideration for publication or prizes elsewhere.

  6. The prize is The Mary Manson Trophy - a quaich engraved with the winner’s name, £250 cash, plus £250 to be spent in the Highland Bookshop, Fort William or on their website. The Highland Bookshop are also donating a bottle of whisky.

  7. Entries close at midnight July 1st 2022 – no entries will be considered thereafter.

  8. The judge’s decision is final. There will be no correspondence or discussion regarding this choice.

  9. The winner will be announced on our website and social media on September 1st 2022.

  10. The winner will be invited to the prize giving at A Write Highland Hoolie on Sunday 13th November 2022 in the West Highland Hotel, Mallaig.

  11. By entering the competition, you agree to A Write Highland Hoolie sharing your work through digital and print medium. Winning entry will also be published in our community newspaper – West Word.







Our judge for 2022 is Marjorie Lotfi, whose writing has won numerous competitions, and been widely published. She has performed on BBC Radio 4, and is winner of the inaugural James Berry Prize. Her first full collection will be published by Bloodaxe Books in 2023. Refuge, poems about her childhood in revolutionary Iran, is published by Tapsalteerie Press. Marjorie is the Deputy Chair of StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, and the Co-Founder and Development Director of Open Book, a charity reading and writing in community settings across Scotland.