Write a Habbie Competition

‘Habbie Competition’ 

“We preserve, promote and celebrate Scotland’s heritage, language and culture through the life and works of Robert Burns” RBWF

Final Submission date was : Monday 30th November 2020

Robert Burns chose to compose many of his best known poems in the Habbie Stanza, sometimes known as the ‘Burns Stanza’. To a Mouse’, ‘To a Haggis’ & ‘Tam Sampson’s Elegy’ were all composed in this verse form.

Winners ; We are very pleased to be able to announce the Winner and those placed :

1st: Simon Lamb -  The Working Birds. A beautiful poem, elegant and moving.
2nd:  Simon Lamb -  Revenge o' the Three Craws. A great re-working of the old ballad.
3rd: Kate GordonInequality. This made me smile. very clever and witty.
Highly Commended: Ronnie O’ByrneOn the Eve of an Election. Clever, apt comment on current America.
Commended: Morag MoffatEscape. Lovely gentle poem. Loved the ending! 
Commended :Kate GordonAsylum Seekers
Commended : Isobel Watt - A Holy Widow's Prayer.

Prizes : 1st £50 2nd £25 3rd £15 Prizewinners’ poems will be featured in the RBWF Newsletter.

  • Poems must be in the Habbie Stanza and should have between 4 and 8 verses.

Adjudicator Sheila Templeton, Aberdeen and Ayrshire poet and winner of the MacCash Poetry prize 2020 for a poem in the Scots Leid.

  • Entry fee is £5 per poem. 3 poems for £10

Rules of Entry : The poem must be set out on a ‘word or pages' document in single line spacing and having good margins. 

  • Email your entry to admin@rbwf.org.uk and give your name, address, phone number, email address, poem/s title/s in the body text of the email. 
  • Your name must not appear on the ‘word or pages’ document.
  • All fees due must accompany the poem. BACs payment may be made to Sort Code 80-08-53 Account 00856523 In the name of tRobert Burns World Federation Ltd Ref : HAB COM 
  • Cheques should be payable to ‘Robert Burns World Federation Ltd’ and posted to Habbie Competition, RBWF Headquarters, 3A John Dickie Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1HW.
  • You may submit as many entries as you wish with the appropriate fee for each entry.
  • The competition is open to anyone over 16 years. 
  • Entries must be the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published or published on any website; nor currently be entered for any other competition.
  • Experienced readers may assist the named adjudicators in identifying a long-list. The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
  • No competitor can win more than one prize.
  • Copyright of each entry remains with the author, however it is a condition of entry that the prize winners, give permission for their poem to be featured in the RBWF Newsletter.
  • Prizewinners will be notified in an email by the Robert Burns World Federation Ltd.
  • An event may be held to present the prizewinners and for those persons to read their winning entry.

CLOSING DATE: for receipt of entries : Poems must be received no later than midnight on the closing date St Andrew’s Day Monday 30th November 2020. Email : admin@rbwf.org.uk This date is final and no late entries will be accepted, however early submissions are welcomed.

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