Baker Prize 2014

in association with Richard Neath Design Services, Isle of Skye Baking Company and  Pràban, “The Gaelic Whiskies”.

Competition Theme: “Dough” (for Gaelic only expanded to include “Rising”)

Closing Date:

Midday 30 November 2014


English Prose: Linda Cracknell
English Poetry: Donald S Murray
Gaelic Writing: Kenny Lindsay, writer in residence at SMO
Moniack Mhor Unpublished Adult Award: Cynthia Rogerson

Categories and Prizes

Entries are invited in the following three sections:-

  • English Prose section sponsored by Richard Neath Design Services
  • English Poetry section sponsored by Isle of Skye Baking Company
  • Gaelic Writing (prose, poetry or one-act play script) sponsored by Pràban, “The Gaelic Whiskies”

A first prize of £100 and a second prize of £50 will be available in each of the three categories. There will also be

Unpublished Writer Award: sponsored by Moniack Mhor

This prize will be awarded to a talented newcomer – the prize is a HALF-PRICE course at Moniack Mhor.  If you wish to be considered for this prize, you must confirm on your entry form that you have not been previously published.

The Baker Prize 2014 prize sponsored by Cuillin FM

All prize winners will be interviewed for the Reading Room Radio Show and have their winning entries recorded for broadcast on a Reading Room Baker Prize Show on CuillinFM at a later date
In addition, all winners are invited to read their winning entries at the February 2015 Reading Room event held on Skye (venue to be announced). If winners cannot attend the February event, they are welcome to attend a subsequent Reading Room.

The Reading Room Anthology

Your entry to the Baker Prize will automatically be considered for publication at a future date in an Anthology that the Reading Room is preparing. By entering the competition you are giving your permission for the Reading Room to publish your work in the Anthology – copyright remains the property of the author and if your entry is chosen for the Anthology, you will receive a free copy.


2014 Baker Prize Conditions of Entry

Entries to the competition must be the original work of the author, be unpublished, and not have been awarded a prize in any other writing competition.

You should format your entries so that judges find them easy to read – remember they are going to have quite a few submissions to read!

Please submit each entry as a separate PDF file with title and page numbers clearly marked in the header or footer. Make sure your name is not on the work to be submitted to the judges.

Prose entries may be up to 2500 words – please use double-spacing
Poetry entries may be up to 50 lines – spacing as the poem demands
Gaelic only – One-Act play – equivalent of up to 20 minutes of stage time

Please email your entries to, then pay your entry fees by Paypal  and finally fill in a form with all your details.

Entry fees:
£10 for up to three entries.
£3 for each subsequent entry.

Please note: The Reading Room, Moniack Mhor, CuillinFM and other sponsors are unable to pay winners any expenses associated with attending the Reading Room event(s) or the recording of interviews and entries to be broadcast on CuillinFM, or with attending the courses offered as prizes at Moniack Mhor. Where winners are not able to attend events or be interviewed, the Reading Room will make alternative arrangements to have entries read. By entering the competition, entrants are agreeing to all of these terms.

We regret we cannot return any submissions.


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