Callum Macdonald Memorial Award 2012
- The closing date for the award was 2 April 2012.
The annual Callum Macdonald Memorial Award is for the publisher of an outstanding example of pamphlet poetry. The pamphlet or its publisher will have a connection with Scotland or Scottish culture.
Established in 2001 in memory of Callum Macdonald MBE, Scottish literary publisher and founder of Macdonald Publishers and Printers, this award was created to encourage, recognise and reward the publication of poetry in pamphlet form.
The Callum Macdonald Memorial Award is supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust. The award is administered by the National Library of Scotland.
The publisher of the winning pamphlet will receive a cheque for £800 and will hold the Callum Macdonald Quaich for 12 months.
The judges may also wish to award a runner-up prize.
The poet of the winning pamphlet in 2012 will be eligible for a separate prize, supported by the award's sponsors, as the Michael Marks Poet in Residence for two weeks in July 2012 at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece.
The judging process
The panel of judges for 2012 is made up of:
- A representative from the world of contemporary Scottish poetry, currently the poet Lesley Duncan, Poetry Editor of 'The Herald'
- A representative of the Scottish printing industry, currently Tom Dalgleish, Director of Harveys (UK) Ltd
- Callum Macdonald's widow, the poet Tessa Ransford OBE
- The publisher of the 2011 winning pamphlet, Hamish Whyte of Mariscat Press.
Judging will take place in April 2012, when the judging panel meets to decide on a winner. The judging will take account of the quality of the poetry as well as the physical production of the pamphlet.
A shortlist of pamphlets will be announced after the judging.
The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence regarding the pamphlets, shortlist or winner will be considered.
The award ceremony
The award ceremony will be held in May 2012 at the National Library of Scotland. All entries will be displayed at the awards ceremony.
All shortlisted publishers and their poets will be invited to attend the ceremony. Poets are usually asked to read from the shortlisted pamphlets.
The winner of the award will not be known before the announcement at the ceremony.
Visit the Scottish Poetry Pamphlet website for further information on pamphlet poetry.
- Hamish Whyte for 'Figure in a landscape' by Anna Crowe: publisher — Mariscat Press
- Christine de Luca for 'Arc O Möns' by Christie Williamson: publisher — Hansel Cooperative Press
- Leonard McDermid for 'And for that minute': publisher — Stichill Marigold Press
- Hugh Bryden for 'Postcards from the hedge' by Hugh McMillan: publisher — Roncadora Press
- Hazel Cameron for 'The currying shop': publisher — Imago Media
- Duncan Glen for 'Edinburgh poems': publisher — Akros
- Maureen Sangster for 'Menopausal bedtime rhymes': publisher — Bourtree
- Pauline Prior-Pitt for 'North Uist sea poems': publisher — Pauline Prior-Pitt
- Gill McConnell for 'Garden party': publisher — Woodburn Press
- Gerry Cambridge for 'Blue sky: Green grass': publisher — North Ayrshire Council / SAC
- Willie Hershaw for 'Winter song': publisher — Touch the Earth Publications
- James Robertson for 'Stirling sonnets': publisher — Kettillonia / Smith Art Gallery and Museum
- John B Pick for 'Now': publisher — Drumlins Press