Donald Meek Award 2018
16 February 2018
The Gaelic Books Council is inviting
submissions from Gaelic writers for the Donald Meek Award
2018. This award, established with financial assistance
from Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, aims to encourage and
support new and established Gaelic writers and new Gaelic
Rosemary Ward, Director of the Gaelic Books Council said:
"The Gaelic Books Council is hugely encouraged at the interest
shown by Gaelic writers in this important annual literary
competition and at the growing number of entries year on year. The
shortlisted writers are invited to a glitzy event in the National
Piping Centre in Glasgow. We hope that we receive a wide range of
entries again this year."
Six entries were shortlisted for the Donald Meek Award 2017 and
it was bestowed on Iain MacRae for his stage play, Taigh
Sheonachain. Eoghan Stewart was awarded second place for his first
poetry collection, Beum Sgèithe and third place was given
to Morag Anne MacNeil's second book for children, Èiginn
Ùisdein. The judges highly commended the efforts of all
Submissions of new writing in Scottish Gaelic of the following
genres, which is complete or nearing completion by the closing date
below are sought:
- Creative writing in Gaelic - poetry, stories, novel or drama -
of book length, or approaching book length
- Other Gaelic prose - of book length or approaching book
- Creative writing in Gaelic for children or young adults - of
book length or approaching book length
Submissions that are already in print or that will be published
before the competition closing date will not be accepted. It is not
permitted to submit any piece of writing that has been previously
entered for the award in any format.
Before sending submissions, writers should consult the full
guidelines and terms and conditions at www.gaelicbooks.org
Submissions should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before
17.00 on FRIDAY 04 MAY 2018.
The shortlist will be announced early in September and the award
will be presented at an evening reception in Glasgow on 4 October
Any questions should be directed to Rosemary Ward, Director, The
Gaelic Books Council on 0141 337 6211.
The very best of luck!