Funding Opportunity

Edwin Morgan Poetry Award

Applications are now open for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2024.

The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award (EMPA) sits at the core of the Edwin Morgan Trust’s work. The award was conceived by Edwin Morgan with the aim of supporting young Scottish poets to reach new heights. Morgan demonstrated this mission during his lifetime by mentoring and supporting emerging Scottish poets. He generously left one million pounds in his will to continue this mission, with specific reference to establishing an award to a young poet.

The EMPA has supported the work of over twenty young poets with a prize of £20,000.

*EMPA judges will decide if they would like to award the £20,000 prize to one poet or divide the prize fund of £20,000 between up to four poets.


Defining ‘Scottish’ as being born in Scotland, raised in Scotland or being an ongoing resident of Scotland.

While we understand that the age specification of poets under 30 remains a barrier for many people who, due to structural inequality, have not had the opportunity to cultivate a writing practice in their teens and twenties, this condition is stipulated in Edwin Morgan’s will.

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