Anstruther Writing Awards 2020

“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.

As we all know, 2020 has been an unprecedented year! This year the AIA will prioritise working with The Waid Academy and Anstruther Primary School to focus on the secondary and primary categories. We are planning to reintroduce the adult categories next year!


To be confirmed.


Primary Pupils

 Creative Writing first place

Creative Writing second place

Secondary Pupils


Short Story 

Reflective Writing

Building a thriving and resilient community, improving Anstruther for all