The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award (EMPA) sits at the core of the Edwin Morgan Trust’s work. The award was conceived by Edwin Morgan with the aim of supporting young Scottish poets to reach new heights. With a prize of £20,000, which may be split between 1–4 winners, the EMPA is one of the largest literary prizes in the UK.
You are eligible to enter for this Award:
— if you were born in 1994 or later — if you were born in Scotland, raised in Scotland or are an ongoing resident of Scotland — if you have not published a first full-length poetry collection or had one accepted for publication at the date of submission
The EMPA judges will decide if they would like to award the £20,000 prize to one poet or divide the prize fund between up to four poets.
Further information about the Award and the judging panel can be found on our website.
How To Apply
A PDF of 10 unpublished poems, totalling no more than 12 pages -or- A sound recording of 10 unpublished poems being read, totalling no more than 12 minutes -or- A video of 10 unpublished poems, totalling no more than 12 minutes
Submissions can primarily use English, Scots or Gaelic. The Trust will ensure that your application will be assessed in the original language (including BSL), but, as a courtesy to all judges, a glossary or translation into English should be supplied.