Callum Macdonald Memorial Award 2014

Cover of 'The glassblower dances'
'The glassblower
pamphlet, 2013.
  • The closing date for the award was 27 March 2014.

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.

In rewarding a publisher, rather than a poet, it is a unique award in Scotland.

The Callum Macdonald Memorial Award is supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust. The award is administered by the National Library of Scotland.


The prize

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 2014 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 2014 at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece.


The judging process

Cover of 'Escatics, a language of birds'
'Ecstatics, a language
of birds
pamphlet, 2012.

The judging panel met to decide on a winner in April 2014.

The panel of judges for 2014 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, formerly of Macdonald Publishers and Printers
  • Callum Macdonald's widow, the poet Tessa Ransford OBE
  • The publisher of the 2013 winning pamphlet, James Harding of Stewed Rhubarb Press.

The judging considers the pamphlet as a complete entity, taking account of the quality of the poetry, the design, and the physical production.

A shortlist of pamphlets will be announced after the judging. (See our press releases page for news of the announcement.)

The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence regarding the pamphlets, shortlist or winner will be considered.


The award ceremony

Cover of 'Figure in landscape'
'Figure in a landscape',
pamphlet, 2011.

The award ceremony will be held on 15 May at the National Library of Scotland. All entries will be displayed at the awards ceremony.

For the 2014 competition, all those who enter 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.


CMMA winners


  • James Harding for 'The glassblower diaries' by R McCrum — Stewed Rhubarb Press


  • Alistair Peebles for 'Ecstatics, a language of birds' by Lesley Harrison — Brae Editions


  • 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

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