- Download the 2018 award entry form (PDF) (38 KB; 2 pages)
The annual Callum Macdonald Memorial Award is for the publisher of an outstanding example of pamphlet poetry published during the previous year.
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 pamphlet or its publisher has a connection with Scotland or Scottish culture.
The award was founded by Callum Macdonald's widow, Tessa Ransford OBE, who died in September 2015. She was a poet and founder of the Scottish Poetry Library, and an energetic supporter and campaigner for poetry in Scotland.
Supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, the award is administered by the National Library of Scotland.
- Read about the winners of the 2017 award
The winning publisher receives £1,500 and the runner-up receives £600. Other shortlisted publishers receive £100.
The winning pamphlet's poet will be invited to the Harvard Centre for Hellenic Studies in Greece in July 2018 as Michael Marks Poet in Residence.
The judging process
The winner will be announced at the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award Ceremony in May 2018.
The judging considers the pamphlet of no more than 38 pages as a complete entity, taking account of the quality of the poetry, the design, and the physical production.
The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence regarding the pamphlets, shortlist or winner will be considered.
Publishers may submit up to three pamphlets, which should be no less than six or more than 36 pages in length, not including preliminaries. Bindings should be limp cover, folded, rather than case bound.
Poems can be on any subject and may include material in any of the languages used in Scotland, with translations in English or Scots.
Pamphlets should be published between January and December of the previous year.
Publisher and poet may be the same person.
Each entry should be accompanied by four copies of the pamphlet and a short note explaining the aims of the publication and the aesthetic choices made, outlining the connection the poet or publisher has with Scotland or Scottish culture.
All entries will be displayed at the awards ceremony at the National Library of Scotland in May.
A copy of each pamphlet will be added to the collections of the National Library of Scotland.
The application process
We will accept applications until 17.00 on 16 March 2017.
Publishers or pamphlets should have a connection with Scotland or Scottish culture.
Pamphlets should be:
- No less than six or more than 36 pages in length, not including preliminaries
- Bound with a limp cover, and folded, rather than case bound
- On any subject
- In any of the languages used in Scotland, with translations into English or Scots where relevant
- Published in the calendar year preceding the current award.
Publishers should complete the Download the 2018 award entry form (PDF) (38 KB; 2 pages) and send it to: The Events Officer, Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW.
A copy of each pamphlet will be added to the collections of the National Library of Scotland. Additional copies will be returned.
If you have any queries, please phone us on 0131 623 3734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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