Janet Coats Memorial Prize

The History of Janet Coats

Janet Coats was part of the renowned thread-making family, J&P Coats. The eldest daughter of Thomas Coats and Margaret Glen, her father was one of four brothers who inherited a Paisley-based thread manufacturing company that was renamed J&P Coats in 1830. She was also the wife of publisher, James Tait Black and Janet’s own literary aspirations resulted in two volumes of nature-inspired poetry, one of which was published as Verses and Rhymes, in 1899.

Inspired by Janet Coats and her legacy, we host an annual poetry prize for adults and young people. Shortlisted writers have their work published in our Janet Coats Memorial prize pamphlet and receive a reading at the annual prize giving event during the Festival itself. Winners of the prize are announced by the judging panel at the Award Ceremony and the winners receive a cash prize.

The timeline for submissions and associated deadlines for the 2023 prize will be announced in September 2022.

2022 Young People’s Prize

Shortlisted Poets | Poems

2022 Adult Prize

Shortlisted Poets | Poems

Sophie Johnstone – Stayin’ Up to Like 3am (WINNER)

Dawn McGuire – School Rules

Ruairidh Clark – My Cousin

Olivia Lin – Walking Past (WINNER)

Charlie Wilson – My Hometown

Rebecca Dunn – Shoreline

Amy Moreno – Caller Seal

Lynsey Clark – Wrapped-Up (WINNER)

Don Taylor – What the Cow Thought About the Rain

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