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What Is A Writer's Conference?

Linda Strachan, Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland discusses their exciting new conference ScotsWrite and what writers attending can expect...

The Society of Authors in Scotland has created what is expected to be one of the most exciting events in the 2017 writing calendar. ScotsWrite is a weekend conference for all writers at all stages in their writing life. 

But you may be wondering what is a conference for writers and why is it an exciting place to be?

There’s nothing quite like listening to someone speak passionately about the job they love, especially if they’re experts in their field. At ScotsWrite you can expect to hear from experts talking about writing and publishing, because that is what they do - but we think that’s not enough!

We know there are so many different kinds of writers out there, writing in a whole range of field from translation to poetry, from graphic novels to crime fiction, writing for children and young adults. So, we've brought together …

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Special Twitter Giveaway

To celebrate reaching the heady heights of over 30,000 Twitter followers, we're going to be running a special giveaway to say thank you. That means a different book up for grabs each day for two whole weeks! And as you can see from the titles on show below, there really is something for everyone.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply follow our Twitter account and look out for the appropriate tweet on the dates listed below. You just just need to re-tweet the competition tweet to enter.


Monday 22nd May

The debut writer...
Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann

Tuesday 23rd May

The psychological thriller writer...
Based On A True Story by Delphine de Vigan

Wednesday 24th May

The YA fantasy series writer...
A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Thursday 25th May

The literary fiction writer...
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Friday 26th May

The non-fiction writer...
Redeemable: A Memoir of Darkness & Hope by Erwin James

Saturday 27th May

The nature writer...
At …

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Short Story Competition 2017: Winner Revealed!


Once again, The W&A team have been blown away by the number of entries for the short story competition this year – 2,108 to be precise! 

Although no theme was set for this year’s competition, we saw some common threads emerging. 

These included stories about dementia and Alzheimer's, mistaken identity, near-death experiences and reflections on life and mortality more generally.

Overall, the tales were more contemplative and reflective and our winning entries reflect these prevailing themes. They are linked by characters experiencing grief, loss and longing.

Without further ado, let's announce the winners!


This year's winner is... Evie by David Simmonds.

Feedback from Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook:

Evie is a cross-generational tale of family, love, memory, longing and untold stories. It has a quiet, reflective tone. It is well told, with a strong beginning, a clear, concise sense of time and space as we start the story right in the midst …

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Short Story Competition 2017: Shortlist


Once again, our annual Short Story Competition has proven as popular as ever. We've had thousands of entries (2,134, to be precise!) and it's been an absolute joy to get a glimpse of your writing. A shortlist, however, had to be settled on, with this year's judge - our very own editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Alysoun Owen - whittling things down until just ten entries remained. And here they are!

Chasing The Shadow – Jane Fraser

Evie – David Simmons

Encounter – Annie Fairfax Kemp

Into The Abyss – Louise Mangos

A Taste Of Something Different – Lee Wadmore

Crescent Bay – Emma Davies

One Moment – Amanda Staples

Passed Over – Marie Gethins

The Suitcase – Hilary Hopker

The Pilgrims – Steve Hosking

The winner and two runners-up will be announced here before the end of March, with Alysoun due to provide feedback on each of the chosen entries.

For those of you who haven't made the shortlist this year, enter the code #

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Firewords Competition: And The Winner Is...


We're delighted to reveal the team over at Firewords Quarterly have chosen their winners for our recent short story competition. Over 550 entries directly inspired by Maggie Chiang's wonderful illustration came in, each story providing its own unique take and prompting plenty of debate amongst the editorial team over at Firewords HQ.

It was such a tough job to choose a winner, in fact, that the work of two writers couldn't be separated... meaning two stories will be published in an upcoming edition of Firewords Quarterly!

The first runner up, who will receive back-list copies of Firewords Quarterly Magazine is...


Jeanne Panfely with 'A Mother Whale Lifts Her Head.'

Feedback from Firewords Quarterly: 

Jeanne pulled off something really challenging in this story: she took the reader by the hand and let them experience a child’s imagination without patronising them. Writing from the perspective of a young protagonist and making it feel authentic but also engaging to a reader of any age …

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