The Blackness on Sea Poetry Prize is a quest by the ageing landlord of The Lobster Pot Pub in a Firth of Forth village to create a literary legacy for what will be his final pub.
The substantial Prize of £1000.00 and a Trophy shield, will be awarded for the poem judged to be of most literary merit containing a reference, however oblique, and not necessarily complimentary, to “The Lobster Pot” and “Blackness on Sea” somewhere in the composition. This is a genuine endeavour to find a lasting work which will pass down the ages and possibly attract some budding Burns or McGonagall. Entry is free and multiple entries are accepted. All entries will be viewable online and entrants may remain anonymous, unless they win.
A runner up prize of £200 and a Trophy will be awarded to the second choice of the Judging panel which will be made of four people from the arts world, and the publican. The final entry date is 20.10.2022.
A formal presentation ceremony will take place in October 2022 and if the competition is well subscribed it may become an annual event.
Blackness on Sea
The village of Blackness on Sea lies15 miles from Edinburgh, and has been famed since Roman times for its Oysters. Long associated with the literary figures, Robert Louis Stephenson and Robert Burns.
A popular seaside resort since Victorian times the village with its sandy beaches, Promenade, Pier and Castle has a population just below one hundred. The village has a thriving sailing club and naturist swimming group.
The Lobster Pot in the village square of Blackness on sea is a convivial pub popular for its superb seafood, much of which is landed in the village. Here the older locals gather with the landlord to quietly contemplate the futility of human existence without as much as a poem to tell future generations of the glory that once was Blackness on Sea.
More information on this, and how to submit a Poem can be found on the website
Tel. Colm O’Rourke on 07484 112723