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Writing Awards

The Writing Awards, held in partnership with Bipolar Scotland, is one of SMHAF’s most enduring successes.

It is an opportunity for new and experienced writers to be recognised for their work, which this year explores mental health and the theme of Gather.

Writers from across Scotland, the UK and further afield have submitted pieces in three categories, Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction, to our competition. Shortlisted writers will have their work published in a collection — launched at the ceremony — and be invited to read on the night. Each year, their words provoke new ideas, emotions and reflections about what the theme means to different people.

The ceremony will be hosted by acclaimed author Catherine Simpson (On Body: A Retrospective and When I Had a Little Sister). There will also be live music from Kathryn Joseph, who recently worked with us to record a new version of A Way From Rage, in tribute to Beldina Odenyo Onassis.

With support from Creative Scotland, we are also pleased to offer a series of events to help you develop your writing. Learn from experienced writers in a series of online masterclasses covering a range of genres and styles, to be announced, and share your work with peers at our friendly Writers’ Café.


St George’s Tron Church

163 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2JX
Tue 24th May
6:30PM - 8:30PM