The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award supports emerging writers, with a £20,000 bursary awarded biennially for the best unpublished collection of poems by a Scottish poet aged 30 or under.
The 2014 shortlist was announced on July 7th, 2014, and the winner was announced by Jackie Kay at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, on Saturday, 16th August 2014.
2014 Winner Niall Campbell
Niall Campbell is a Scottish poet originally from South Uist in the Western Isles. He has been recipient of an Eric Gregory Award and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, both in 2011. Moontide, his first full collection (Bloodaxe, 2014) was the inaugural winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize, and received the Saltire First Book of the Year, both in 2014. It was also shortlisted for both The Forward and The Aldeburgh prizes for Best First Collection, and given a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. First Nights, selections from Moontide with some new poems, was published in the United States in 2016 as part of the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. Campbell lives in Leeds and is working towards a second UK collection, to be published by Bloodaxe in 2019.
2014 Runner Up Claire Askew
Claire Askew was born in 1986, grew up in the Scottish Borders and has lived in Edinburgh since 2004. She is the author of The Mermaid and the Sailors (Red Squirrel Press, 2011) and This changes things (Bloodaxe, 2016). Her poems have won numerous accolades, including the 2010 Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize and the 2012 International Salt Prize for Poetry. Claire has been twice shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award (2014, 2016), and This changes things was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award, the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Award. Claire was the 2017 Jessie Kesson Fellow, and currently works as Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh.
Shortlisted poets for 2014 were:
Tom Chivers, Harry Josephine Giles, Stewart Sanderson and Molly Vogel.