Anstruther Writing Awards 2019

The Anstruther Writing Awards is a creative competition organised each year by the AIA.

In years gone by an ‘Anster Fair’ was held in the town to celebrate the poem of the same name written by William Tennant (1784-1848). The poem features the characters of Maggie Lauder and Rob the Ranter and has a sub plot of witches, wizards and fairies. Numerous events used to be held in Anstruther during the ‘Anster Fair’ and one of them was a writing competition. So in 2013 the AIA decided to revive the competition to build on our community’s great tradition of creative writing and to celebrate talent of all ages.

We are delighted to announce that in 2019 the Anstruther Writing Awards is running in partnership with the Scottish Fisheries Museum. The Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and as well as our usual category Awards, a number of entries will be selected for inclusion in an anniversary publication that will appear in 2020.

Theme

To celebrate the Scottish Fisheries Museum’s 50th anniversary entries to the Anstruther Writing Awards are invited on the theme of ‘Boats, fish and folk’.

 Categories

Primary Pupils

 Creative Writing entries submitted via the school
Anstruther Writing Awards for first and second place

Entries can be poetry, prose or illustrated fiction.

 Judge: Chae Strathie

Secondary Pupils

Poetry, Short Story and Reflective Writing entries submitted via the school

Anstruther Writing Awards for first place for each category

 Judge: Christina Banach

Adults

Poetry (40 lines) and Short Story (1500-2500 words)

Anstruther Writing Awards for first place for each category

 Short Story Judge: Jennie Erdal

Poetry Judge: Matt Barnard

 

Rules of Entry

  • Primary entries are invited exclusively from pupils attending Anstruther Primary School to be submitted via the school.
  • Secondary entries are invited exclusively from pupils attending Waid Academy, to be submitted via the school.
  • Adult entries are invited from individuals aged 18 and over and resident in Scotland.
  • This year all entries are free, due to the partnership with the Scottish Fisheries Museum.
  • One entry per category per person.
  • Entries must be an original, unpublished work by the entrant on the theme of ‘Boats, fish and folk’.
  • Entrants who were in Primary or Secondary School in August 2019 will be judged in the Primary or Secondary categories respectively.
  • Adult poems should be no more than 40 lines. Adult short stories should be between 1500 and 2500 words.
  • For adult entries the author’s name must only be stated on the entry form and not be on any pages of the entry. All pages of the entry must feature the entry title, category and page number.
  • Awards for categories are as follows:

Primary Pupils: Creative Writing winner, Creative Writing runner up
Secondary Pupils: Short Story winner, Reflective Writing winner, Poetry winner
Adults: Short Story winner, Poetry winner

  • Winners will be notified by Thursday 21 November 2019. Awards will be announced at a special event in the Zulu Gallery, Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther on Thursday 28 November 2019. The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The copyright of the winning entries will remain with the authors, who, by entering the Awards, grant the AIA and the Scottish Fisheries Museum the right to feature their work during the above event, on websites and in a special Scottish Fisheries Museum 50th anniversary publication.
  • Competition entries cannot be returned so please keep a copy of submitted work.
  • Individual entries must be accompanied by an entry form and submitted by 31 October 2019.

Please submit your entry along with an accompanying Entry Form to: info@anstrutherimprovements.org

 

Alternatively, entries can be submitted in a sealed envelope to:
The Anstruther Writing Awards, c/o Kate Anstruther, Balcaskie House, Pittenweem, Anstruther, KY10 2RD.

 

This year, adult entries are free but if you wish to make a donation to the AIA you can do so here. The prize for adult winners is a year’s free admission to the Scottish Fisheries Museum and a copy of the anniversary publication.

 

Entry Form

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