The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival's annual writing competition takes place each year in partnership with Bipolar Scotland.

Launched in 2014, the writing competition is one of the festival's most enduring successes, providing an opportunity for first-time writers to be published alongside established names. The awards ceremony is often where we discover what our festival is really about, as writers from across Scotland and further afield take inspiration from our theme in poignant, powerful, personal and often ingenious and surprising ways.

Writing Awards 2021

Read the shortlisted entries from the SMHAF Writing Awards 2021, collected in this ebook illustrated by Emily Wylde.

Writing Awards 2020

The theme for SMHAF 2020 was Perspectives. Read the shortlisted entries from our writing competition, collected in this ebook illustrated by Josie Valelly.

Writing Awards 2019

Read the shortlisted entries from the SMHAF Writing Competition 2019, collected in this eBook illustrated by Josie Vallely.