Janet Coats Memorial Prize

The deadline for submissions for the 2021 Janet Coats Memorial Prize has now passed.

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

The theme of the 2021 Paisley Book Festival is, Radical New Futures, motivated by the importance that green spaces have played as solace and recuperation over the last year. Green spaces can be grand places of outstanding beauty or small, resilient patches of nature in the hearts of our towns and cities. They can be anything from parks to window boxes. Some are carefully manicured, others are unkempt and wild.

The judging panel for 2021 is poet and playwright and Scots Makar, until 2016, Liz Lochhead: poet, writer and creative practitioner, Nadine Aisha Jassat: and the current Tannahill Makar, Brian Whittingham.

The 2021 Janet Coats Memorial Prize is £850 (over 18s) and £250 (under 18s) - £200 for the school library and £50 for the winning pupil.

The shortlist will be announced online in January. The winning writers will be announced at the Janet Coats Memorial Prize Ceremony during the Paisley Book Festival.