Next Chapter Award – Closing Date 2 September 2020

  Scottish Book Trust are a national charity that has been bringing the benefits of reading and writing to everyone in Scotland for 21 years. With a range of competition and award initiatives, they are particularly keen to encourage Scotland’s writers to move forward with their writing aspirations. The annual Next Chapter Award exists to support an emerging writer over the age of 40...

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2019’s Imprint Writing Competition Winning Entries

Following on from Ayr Writers’ Club successes at the annual Imprint Writing Competition prize-giving night – Writer Success at Imprint Awards Link East Ayrshire Leisure have recently released some of the shortlisted and prize-winning submissions, online. Notably, club member Kirsty Hammond’s winning entry, Drafts, her runner-up entry, Dear Skinny Me, and club member Maggie...

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SAW Summer Competitions – Short Story and Poetry

The Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) are running a couple of competitions over the summer months, with online entry and enticing prizes. The first is a 2000 word short story, with an open theme. Adjudicated by Olga Wojtas, and with hints of a night away at the home of SAW’s annual Writers’ Conference – Hilton Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld – together with two...

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UK and Ireland Directory of Poetry Journals, Magazines and Websites

Colin Bancroft, a widely-published poet living in the North Pennines and with a strong Twitter following, reached out for help to the Twitter writing community  recently – he wanted to compile an up-to-date directory of poetry journals, magazines, websites – places where poets could submit their work for publication. Suggestions flooded in. The resulting directory, listed on his...

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Lockdown at the North Pole – A Poem by Maggie Morton

Maggie Morton is one of Ayr Writers’ Club’s newest members. With a flair for poetry, a few good pals who just love Christmas, she’s cleverly combined our current lockdown situation with thoughts of seasonal festivities in the creation of a (at-first-glance) light-hearted (yet layered) ode. Enjoy.   Lockdown at the North Pole It feels like everywhere is locked down,...

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Online, Free, Literary Festival – Big Book Weekend – 8-10 May 2020

The spirit of Coronavirus-hit literary festivals is to be resurrected, kept alive, with this month’s announcement of The Big Book Weekend (taking place on Friday 8th May, through to Sunday 10th May). This 3-day, virtual, online book festival brings together the best of the cancelled British literary festivals (including Aye Write and Boswell Book Festival), and features the authors and...

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Suzy A. Kelly’s Prize-Winning Flash Fiction Published in Highland Magazine

Ayr Writers’ Club member, Suzy A. Kelly, fresh from Short Story Competition success at the recent Scottish Association of Writers’ National Writing Awards, has gone on to demonstrate her writing versatility with the publication of her flash fiction piece, Afore the Mast, in Northwords Now – a literary magazine printed in the Highlands that gives a voice to new, original,...

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Scottish Association of Writers’ Poetry Wall Competition

The annual SAW Poetry Wall Competition, which is usually a fixed part of the Glasgow conference in March, has gone online this year. All affiliated SAW members (every member of Ayr Writers’ Club is automatically also an affiliated SAW member) are invited to submit up to 3 poems for inclusion on their 2020 Poetry Wall Competition online-wall (website page). They will be posted up and judged...

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