Club Competitions

Ten competitions throughout the year are adjudicated by guest judges. They give members a chance to try their hand at different forms of writing.

Most of the club competitions are similar to those that are held every year by the Scottish Association of Writers (SAW). Entries for club competitions can usually be entered into SAW competitions as well.


1.  Book Review (Bioforce / A.Vogel Trophy)

350-500 words. Any book published since 1st January 2015

Adjudicator: Alison Craig

Submission Date: Wednesday 25th September 2019

2. Women’s Short Story

1500-2000 words. Theme – Light

Adjudicator: Karen Campbell

Submission Date: Wednesday 16th October 2019

3. Scottish Article (JR & CH Mair Quaich)

Maximum 1500 words. Theme – Open

Adjudicator: Daniel Gray

Submission Date: Wednesday 6th November 2019

4. Poetry (Jenny Cadas Trophy)

Maximum 30 lines. Theme – Open

Adjudicator: Rab Wilson

Submission Date: Wednesday 27th November 2019

5. Novel (Novel Trophy)

Maximum 3000 words from the beginning of a novel. Theme – Ayrshire Myths, Legends and Love

Adjudicator: Bill Coles

Submission Date: Wednesday 11th December 2019

6. Children’s Fiction (Scotland’s Artists Trophy)

Maximum 1000 words. Theme – Science Fiction or Comedy

First Chapter of a Children’s Novel or a Complete Short Story – suitable for 7-12yrs age group

Adjudicator: Stuart Reid

Submission Date: Wednesday 22nd January 2020

7. Drama / Screenwritng (Ayrshire Chamber Trophy)

3-6 pages. Theme – Love

Adjudicator: Martin McCardie

Submission Date: Wednesday 5th February 2020

8. Flash Fiction (Leigh Trophy)

200-350 words. Theme – Open

Judging by: Erskine Writers’ Group

Submission Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020

9. General Short Story (Ellie Hamilton Trophy)

Maximum 2000 words. Theme – Siblings

Adjudicator: Catherine Simpson

Submission Date: Wednesday 11th March 2020

10. Nonfiction (Elsie Miller Trophy)

Maximum 1500 words. Theme – Open

Adjudicator: Donald Reid

Submission Date: Wednesday 8th April 2020