McLellan Poetry Competition

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We are really excited to announce that this year’s judge will be the wonderful Hollie McNish.


Hollie McNish is a poet and author based between Glasgow and Cambridge. She won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her poetic parenting memoir – Nobody Told Me -  of which The Scotsman stated ‘The World Needs this Book’. She has published four further collections of poetry – Papers, Cherry Pie, Plum and her most recent poetic memoir Slug...and other things I’ve been told to hate, which is a Sunday Times Bestseller.  With fellow poet Sabrina Mahfouz, she co-wrote Offside , a play relating the history of UK women’s football, and has just completed a re-imagining of Sophocles’ Greek Tragedy Antigone, published in October 2021 with Hachette. Hollie loves writing. Her poetry has been translated into German, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish, Japanese and French. She is a patron of Baby Milk Action.

Instagram/Twitter: @holliepoetry

Facebook: /holliepoetry



First Prize £1300

Second Prize £400

Third Prize £150

Five commendations of £50 each

Hollie McNish

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McLellan Poetry Prize
2022 Competition 

Welcome to the 2022 McLellan Poetry Competition. The simplest way of entering the competition is to submit your poem(s) and fee online from this page.  


Alternatively, you may submit your entry by post. Please click the pink button for a postal entry form that you should print to accompany your poem(s).

Please review the Competition Rules at the foot of this page before submitting your poem(s). 

The closing date for this year's competition is midnight, Sunday 10th July.




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