Writing Competition

The SMHAF Writing Competition, held in partnership with Bipolar Scotland, is now OPEN for entries.

The theme for 2021 is Normality?. This can be interpreted in any way you choose – the limit is your imagination. For this year's competition, there are three categories:

  • FICTION: Short stories, between 500 and 2000 words.
  • POETRY: Poems, up to 40 lines.
  • CREATIVE NONFICTION: Creative writing with a factual basis, between 500 and 2000 words. Examples can include letters, diary entries, autobiographical writing, personal essays, and creative journalism.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 28 February 2021. We cannot accept any entries received after this date. Please download the submission guidelines and entry form for full details on how to enter and return your submission along with a completed entry form.

For further information and any queries about the submission process, please contact Bipolar Scotland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0141 560 2050.

International Film Competition

The International Film Awards submission is now CLOSED. 

Each year, we invite filmmakers to submit films that explore mental health, and the various ways that this term can be understood and reflected. The work can address specific mental health issues, but the festival is also keen to encourage innovative and diverse perspectives. 

For further information, please visit the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival on Film Freeway

To see previous winners at the International Film Awards, please click here.