Anstruther Writing Awards 2022

“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 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.

Following a Covid-related hiatus, the AIA is working with Anstruther Primary School and The Waid Academy to enable the Anstruther Writing Awards to take place as soon as possible. More details will be announced about all categories when we have firm plans and a timetable in place.


To be confirmed.


Primary Pupils

 Creative Writing first place

Creative Writing second place

Secondary Pupils


Short Story 

Reflective Writing


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