In 2018 the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award drew to a close
after 17 years. Set up in 2001 in memory of literary publisher
Callum Macdonald MBE, it has been supported by the Michael Marks
Charitable Trust and administered by the National Library of
The annual Callum Macdonald Memorial Award was
for the publisher of an outstanding example of pamphlet poetry
published during the year. The pamphlet or its publisher had a
connection with Scotland or Scottish culture.
Established in 2001 in memory of Callum Macdonald
MBE, Scottish literary publisher and founder of Macdonald
Publishers and Printers, this award was created to encourage,
recognise and reward the publication of poetry in pamphlet
In rewarding a publisher, rather than a poet, it was a unique
award in Scotland.
The award was founded by Callum Macdonald's widow, Tessa
Ransford OBE, who died in September 2015.
She was a poet and founder of the Scottish Poetry Library, and an
energetic supporter and campaigner for poetry in Scotland.
For details, see the National Library of Scotland website.
Borders-based poet and publisher Leonard McDermid has won the
2018 award for his poetry pamphlet 'Landway'.