Well, here it is the news we’ve all been waiting for……..
Congratulations to our Baker Prize winners, runners up and highly commended entrants.
1st – A Few Things I Know About Sheep – Juliet Lamb.
2nd – Kaolin – Heather Marshall Magruder
Highly commended – The Sons of the Blind Woman – Ian Stephen.
1st – The Moving Island – Deborah Moffatt.
2nd – Lewisian Nights – Garry MacKenzie.
Invasion – Alison Barr
Fagail – Andy Jackson.
Gaelic Prose and Gaelic Poetry
We’re disappointed to announce there are no winners in the Gaelic sections of the competition this year. This was a hard decision for the judges to make as we want to promote and support Gaelic writers and encourage entries to the Baker Prize competition. We hope that we will have more entries to the Gaelic section in next year’s competition.
Our hearty congratulations to everyone who has won and been commended and many thanks to our panel of judges:
English Prose: Roger Hutchinson, Angus Dunn
English Poetry: Kevin MacNeil, Chris Powici
Gaelic Prose: Morag Stewart
Gaelic Poetry: Meg Bateman, Rody Gorman
The Baker Prize Awards Event will be held at the Skeabost Hotel on Tuesday 26 February when we celebrate the winners and runner-ups achievements at the prize-giving ceremony. We hope that our prize-winners will be with us to read their winning entries.
We will post more news on the February programme as it becomes available.
As you are aware, the Reading Room will be publishing an anthology of work later this year and all Baker Prize entrants were eligible for inclusion in the Anthology. Our judges have made some suggestions for inclusion in the anthology and we will be in touch with you after the end of February to discuss this if your entry has been recommended.
The Committee would like to thank Richard Neath for all his hard work on the administration of the Baker Prize – thank you Richard.
And finally, thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition and we hope you’ll be ready to do it all again next year. The Baker Prize timescale will be slightly later next year but we will post news of the competition here and on our Facebook page.