Writing Awards 2022

The theme for SMHAF 2022 was Gather. Read the shortlisted entries from our writing competition, collected in this ebook illustrated by Molly Porteous.

Writing Gather

The writers were selected from over 150 entries to the competition. Work was submitted exploring mental health and the theme of ‘Gather’ across three categories: Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction.

Congratulations to winning writers Mia Farlane (Fiction, Like-Minded People), Iona Bowden (Poetry, 239 Screenshots) and Eilidh Morris (Creative Non-Fiction and Overall Winner, The Other Side of the Door).

Read the Book

Click here or on the cover image to read the PDF as single pages, and here or on the open book image to read it as a book.

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Featured Writers


Isla Blackley – Lighting the Way 

Mia Farlane – Like-Minded People 

Tom Newlands – Home

Christopher Queen – Convening the Parliament


Iona Bowden – 239 Screenshots

Cailean McBride – Comparing Hands

Donal McLaughlin – end-of-lockdown haiku 

Creative Non-Fiction

Lindsay Johnstone – Carapace

Bernadette Maybanks – I Don’t Know Why 

Eilidh Morris – The Other Side of the Door 

Angela Wright – Three Hundred Miles