The Search Begins For Today’s Best Scottish Poet

With Burns Night less than two weeks away, the Tartan Treasures Poetry Competition hopes to discover first-class modern day poets who have been as inspired by Scotland as the Great Bard himself. The competition is part of this year’s Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which takes place across the county of Angus from 5-13 April 2014 and, to celebrate Homecoming Scotland, is asking poets of all ages and from anywhere in the world to write a poem summing up what Scotland means to them.

“Poetry can be such an effective medium for expressing thoughts and feelings,” said the Provost of Angus, Cllr Helen Oswald, who is one of the three judges in the Tartan Treasures competition. “Last year, the Tartan Treasures short story competition resulted in a fantastic selection of excellent tales from highly-talented local writers from school age upwards. This year, with entries open to poets from across the globe, we’re hoping for even more entries and I strongly suspect poems will be submitted that will make us smile, laugh, think and even cry.

“I love poetry and CarnoustieBeach in Angus is the one place that always makes me wish I could write poetry. This long stretch of sand and rocks is one of my favourite places and sums up just how lucky I am to live with my family in this corner of Scotland, where every town and village has something that marks it out as being truly different from anywhere else.

“Regardless of the weather, the season or the time of day, over the years, I’ve had many fabulous times on CarnoustieBeach, whether hunting for marine life in rock pools with my children when they were young, taking photos of breathtaking sunsets or walking along the sand accompanied by the dramatic roar of the waves. I only wish I could transform these thoughts into a poem – but I’m leaving that to the poets who enter the Tartan Treasures Poetry Competition.”

The Tartan Treasures Poetry Competition is organised by Angus Council and is open to non-professional poets of all ages, with categories for adults, secondary school pupils and primary school pupils. Poems submitted to the competition can take any form but must be a maximum of 40 lines long and must reflect the theme of the competition - ‘What Scotland Means To Me’.

Three stories from each category will be chosen to go forward to the final round, where they will be judged anonymously. The judges include Cllr Helen Oswald and Kevin Reid, a published local poet.

The winning poem from each category will be announced at a special prizegiving ceremony during the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which is part of Homecoming Scotland 2014. The writers of the three winning poems will each receive a Kindle Fire, while their winning poems will appear in the local Angus County Press newspapers and will be featured on the Tartan Day Scotland facebook page and at being read by professional storytellers.

The closing date for entries to the Tartan Treasures poetry competition is 21 February, 2014. For more information, and to download an entry form, visit or pick up a Tartan Treasures competition leaflet at libraries, museums, leisure centres and ACCESS offices across Angus.