Anstruther Writing Awards 2019

“This is a great competition for Anstruther and a real boost for local writers of all ages.” 2019 Awards entrant

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.


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


Primary Pupils

 Creative Writing first place: Reuben Scott

Creative Writing second place: Amelia Fyall

Secondary Pupils

Poetry winner: Ben Michie

Poetry highly commended: Orla Campbell, Lewis Stevenson,                   Flynn Stevenson

Short Story winner: Mathilda Orr

Short Story highly commended: Finlay Miles, Rahima Nazir, Jodie Dougall


 Short Story joint winners:

Carol Hendry, The Beachcomber, and Elaine Webster, Drift

Short story highly commended: Norman Coburn, Lost in Silver, Dereck Thomson, The House of the Seven Dead Men, Gavin Baird, An Old Man and The Sea

Short story commended: David McVey, British Ocean Radio,                  Loretta Mulholland, The Pact

Poetry winner: Wullie Purcell, Davy

Poetry highly commended: Edith Harper, Awa Tae the Fishin ,              Wendy Orr, Shoring


Our sincere thanks to our judges: Christina Banach, Matt Barnard, Jennie Erdal and Chae Strathie

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