Promoting Poetry in Scotland

Welcome to the website of The Edwin Morgan Trust. The Trust was established in 2012 to carry forward the wishes of the Scottish poet laureate, Edwin Morgan (1920–2010). In particular, he wanted to found a new award for young Scottish poets.

Throughout his life, Morgan worked to encourage and support young people and their writing. He did this as a university teacher and through his many visits to schools to give readings from his work. His poetry was and remains widely taught. A prolific poet and translator, nevertheless he was in his forties before making his first real breakthrough, and often remembered the problems young poets can have in getting a first collection published. So when he came to gift his estate to the nation and good causes, he stipulated that there should be a new prize in his name awarded regularly for a collection of poems by a Scottish poet under the age of thirty.

The Edwin Morgan Award for poetry is awarded biennially. It replaced the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition (2008–2012) which was generously sponsored by the University of Strathclyde. The Award will be in the region of £20,000 and will be presented at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. In alternate years, the Edwin Morgan Trust, in association with the Edinburgh International Book Festival and others, will support a variety of projects to encourage young writers in different parts of Scotland, as well as promoting Morgan’s work as one of Scotland’s most important translators.

Please direct any general enquiries regarding the nature of the award to the administrators using the subject header edwin morgan poetry award.

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