We're delighted to unveil the winners and runners up of Wigtown Poetry Prize 2023


"The Wigtown Prizes in English, Scots and Gaelic are among the most eagerly sought after accolades and the list of judges and winners read like a who's who of contemporary poetry" - Author and poet, Hugh McMillan





Wigtown Poetry Prize



John Wheway, My Mother Unwraps My Gift of Frida Kahlo's Me and My Parrots



Runner up



Rachel Rankin, Winter Solstice





Wigtown Scots Poetry Prize



Craig Aitchison, Juist



Runner up



Keeks Mc, Peer Breiths





Wigtown Gaelic Poetry Prize



Seonaidh Charity, Mapaichean



Runner up



Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Ainneamhag Gheal






Alastair Reid Pamphlet Prize



Stephanie Green, Ortelius' Sea Monsters






Dumfries and Galloway Fresh Voice Award



Robin Leiper, Sunshine Against Shadow



Runners up



Diane Schofield, One Moonless Light



Jane McBeth, That Day





Congratulations to all the winners and runners up. It's a huge achievement to be handpicked among hundreds of entrants by experts in the field. You can view the judges' comments on the winning entries and runners up here.



A heartfelt thank you to everyone who entered. Each of the judges commented on the high standard of entries and how difficult it was to narrow their choice. Thank you for trusting us with your work.



You can read the winning poems on the Wigtown Book Festival blog here.



The prize giving event hosted at Wigtown Book Festival by author and poet Hugh Macmillan was livestreamed to our website. You can watch the event here.