Archive for the ‘Writing Competitions’ Category

BBC looking for Scottish writers

Scotland Writes is an initiative set up by BBC Scotland. They are running a competition for writers born or living in Scotland, who are invited to submit a script for a 60 minute pilot episode for a serial or series. The subject can be of any genre but must reflect life in contemporary Scotland.

Details at BBC Writers’ Room.


North East dialect short story competition

The Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen are running a short story competition  to commemorate Doric writer John Reid, who was an Aberdeenshire farm labourer.

Open to all amateur writers over the age of 16.

Words: up to 4000

Closing date: 31st March 2009

Language: Scots, Doric, English or a combination.

Subject: stories should be concerned with some aspect of life in North-East Scotland.

Prize: £500 and publication in Leopard Magazine, with a reading at the 2009 Word Festival in May.

For details visit the Friends of the Elphinstone Institute site, here.

Go on. Hae a wee shottie at it.

Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2009

The tenth Neil Gunn writing competition is being run by the Highland Council and the Neil Gunn Trust.

Categories: Adult prose, adult poetry, secondary school and primary school.

Theme: Living with one another

Closing dates: Secondary school – 19 December 08

Adults and Primary School – 14 March 2009

Prizes: cash prizes for each category plus an overall award of a week at Moniack Mhor writing centre. (Try not to win the same week if you entered the comp in the previous post…)

Info and entry forms from:

Wild Writing Competition

The John Muir Trust’s annual short story competition is being run as part of the Fort William Mountain Festival (6-14 March 09). Dry off your boots and get out your pen…

Words: up to 12oo in English or Gaelic

Theme: Experiences in wild places

Closing date: 26 January 2009

Prize: (good one this): a place on a residential course at the Arvon Foundation’s Moniack Mhor centre.

Full info and entry form at:

Wigtown Poetry Competition 2008/09

Scotland’s biggest poetry competition from our very own Book Town.

The prizes are eye-popping and include one of £1000 for Gaelic entries.

Closing date: 30th January 2009

Entry fees: £6 for the first poem and £15 for three. Subsequent entries £6 each or £10 for three.

For full details and to download an entry form visit the Wigtown Book Festival site at

“The Pen and I” workshops

The next block of weekly half day writing workshops in Nairn starts on Friday 31st October 08. There are a few places still available, with sessions on Friday mornings and afternoons, covering a range of writing genres and techniques from poetry and fiction to articles.

Monthly full-day workshops start again on Saturday 27th October. Places are limited on these days which cater for those wanting to take their writing further.

Both workshops are held in St Columba’s Church hall, Nairn. For further information contact Norma Penfold on 01667 493664.

(Look out for a new annual open competition being launched by The Pen and I in January 09. Categories will include monologues, short fiction and poetry. )

Open short story competition

Here’s your chance to support an excellent local charity and enter a national competition at the same time.

Dingwall-based charity Rape and Abuse Line is running a open short story competition.

Word count: 1500 – 1800

Closing date: 31 October 2008

Prizes: cash prizes sponsored by the David St John Thomas Trust, plus others donated by local businesses for best entries from the Inverness and Dingwall areas.

The first line of your story is given in the rules. Judging is by novelist/columnist Jane Wenham-Jones.

Details and entry form at

Bookhabit Poetry Competition

From Boat of Garten to the global world of book…

Clare Tanner from Bookhabit e-mailed me today about their poetry competition which has both written and performance sections.

Entry: free

Prizes: US$ 2,600 of prizes to be won.

All categories, ages and countries.

There is a performance section, and all you need to do is link to your youtube video.


50 entries through to Round 2 each week so enter now.

Closing date 2 November 2008

Even if you’re not interested in the competition, the site is well worth a visit.

Sunday Telegraph Poetry for Performance Competition

Wanted: poems about personal relationships – “love, loss and everything in between”. Must be no more than 180 words, typed.

Categories: young, teen and adult

Closing date: 5 October 08

Prize: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category will be performed at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, by “acclaimed actors and artists” and recorded for web broadcast.

Link to web page here.

Writing Competitions 2008-09

The new (October 08) issues of Writers’ News and Writing Magazines carry their annual competitions supplement which lists dozens of writing competitions for the coming year. It includes those run by the magazines as well as national fiction and poetry awards and prizes offered by writers’ groups and publishers.

You can buy WN and WM from Borders in Inverness, or take out a subscription (see their website here.) If you know of any other outlets, please leave a comment.