Club Competitions

Ten competitions, for club members only, are adjudicated by guest writers. They give members a chance to try their hand at different forms of writing. All entrants will receive an individual critique on their submission from the adjudicating judge.

First, Second and Third placings will receive a Waterstones book token. First placings are also presented with a writing trophy at our Annual Awards Dinner evening in May, held at the Savoy Park Hotel, Ayr.
Most of the club competitions are similar to those that are held every year by the Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) and entries for club competitions can usually be entered into the national SAW competitions as well.

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

350-500 words. Any book published after 1st January 2018.

Adjudicator: Ann Burnett

Submission Date: Wednesday 30th September 2020

2. Scottish Article (JR & CH Mair Quaich)

1200-1500 words. Theme – Urban Beauty.

Adjudicator: Gill Sherry

Submission Date: Wednesday 14th October 2020

3. Non Fiction (Elsie Miller Trophy)

Maximum 1500 words. Open Theme.

Adjudicator: Donald Reid

Submission Date: Wednesday 11th November 2020

4. Poetry (Jenny Cadas Trophy)

Maximum 30 lines. Theme – Humorous Political Satire.

Adjudicator: Jenny Lindsay

Submission Date: Wednesday 9th December 2020

5. Novel (Novel Trophy)

Maximum 3000 words from the beginning of a novel. Open Theme.

Adjudicator: Tim Clare

Submission Date: Wednesday 13 January 2021

6. General Short Story (Ellie Hamilton Trophy)

Maximum 2000 words. Open Theme.

Adjudicator: Henry Bell

Submission Date: Wednesday 27th January 2021

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

Maximum 1000 words. First chapter of a Middle Grade children’s novel, suitable for 8-12yrs age group. Open Theme.

Adjudicator: Linda Strachan

Submission Date: Wednesday 10th February 2021

8. Flash Fiction (Leigh Trophy)

Maximum 250 words. Open Theme.

Adjudication by: Angus Writers’ Circle

Submission Date: Wednesday 10th March 2021

9. Drama / Scriptwriting (Ayrshire Chamber Trophy)

5-8 Minutes Script. 2-3 Characters. Theme – Comedy Sketch.

Adjudicator: Isi Nimmo

Submission Date: Wednesday 31th March 2021

10. Women’s Short Story (Women’s Short Story Trophy)

1500-2000 words. Open Theme.

Adjudicator: Scarlet Wilson

Submission Date: Wednesday 14th April 2021