Anstruther Writing Awards 2018

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.



1st Prize: £20 book token
2nd Prize: £10 book token
Entries can be poetry, prose or illustrated fiction.

Judge: Chae Strathie


1st Prize: £25 book token

1st Prize: £25 book token

1st Prize: £25 book token

Judge: Christina Banach


POETRY (up to 40 lines)
1st Prize: £50

Judge: Andrew Greig

SHORT STORY (1500-2500 words)
1st Prize: £50

Judge: Jennie Erdal

Rules of Entry

  • Primary entries are invited exclusively from pupils attending Anstruther Primary School.
  • Secondary entries are invited exclusively from pupils attending Waid Academy.
  • Free entry for pupils from Anstruther Primary School and Waid Academy. £5 entry fee for adults per category entered.
  • Maximum of one entry per person per category.
  • Entries must be an original, unpublished work by the entrant and can be on any theme.
  • Entrants who were in Primary or Secondary School in June 2018 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 1500-2500 words.
  • Prizes for Primary Pupils are: Creative Writing 1st place £20 book token, Creative Writing 2nd place £10 book token. Prizes for Secondary Pupils are: Short Story 1st place £25 book token, Reflective Writing 1st place £25 book token, Poetry 1st place £25 book token. Prizes for Adults are: Short Story 1st place £50, Poetry 1st place £50.
  • Winners will be notified by Friday, 2nd November 2018. The winning works in the Adult and Secondary categories will be announced and presented at a special event at Dreel Halls, Anstruther on Thursday, 8th November 2018. The winning works in the Primary category will be announced and presented at an event organised in partnership with Anstruther Primary School, date to be announced. 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 grant the AIA the right to feature their work during the above event and on our website.
  • 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 the competition closing date, 30th September 2018. Adult entries should include the appropriate entry fee (for details on how to pay, see below).


Please note: 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, age group, category and page number. There is a Submission Template that you can download at the bottom of this page.

Please submit your entry
along with an accompanying Entry Form to:

Alternatively, entries can be submitted in a sealed envelope to:

‘The Anstruther Writing Awards’
c/o Kate Anstruther, Balcaskie House,
Pittenweem, Anstruther, KY10 2RD

Adult entries can paid for using the PayPal button below or by sending a cheque payable to ‘Anstruther Improvements Association’ to the address above with a copy of your Entry Form.

Entry Form

Submission Template

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