Scots Story Competition 2020

A’ the seas

Haw! Want tae be Young Scots Writer o the Year 2020? Enter oor braw competition for young folk aged 11 – 18 tae scrieve a poem, a story, a play or a sang in the Scots leid.

The oweraw winner will be invitit tae receive their prize at the fantoosh Scots Language Awards ceremony on Friday 11 September 2020 at The Caird Hall in Dundee, and bear the gree o Young Scots Writer o the Year 2020.

We’ll post oot braw books to the shortlist.

In English

Could you be Young Scots Writer of the Year 2020? Enter our fantastic competition for young people aged 11-18 to write a poem, a story, a play or a song in the Scots language.

The winner will be invited to receive their prize at the fantastic Scots Language Awards ceremony on Friday 11 September 2020 at The Caird Hall in Dundee, and be given the title of Young Scots Writer of the Year 2020.

We’ll post some fantastic books to the shortlist.

Theme

The theme for this year’s competition is Till a’ the seas gang dry.

This is a line fae Robert Burns’ kenspeckle Scots poem A red, red rose.

Mibbe Robert Burns’ words will inspire ye tae scrieve aboot the Climate Emergency. Or aboot Scotland and the sea in the Year o Scotland’s Coasts and Watters. Or aboot love. Or aboot onythin ye want. It’s up tae you.

In English

The theme for this year’s competition is Till a’ the seas gang dry.

This is a line from Robert Burns’ famous Scots poem A red, red rose.

Perhaps Robert Burns’ words will inspire you to write about the Climate Emergency. Or about Scotland and the sea in the Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters. Or about love. Or about anything you want. It’s up to you.

Deadline

The deidline for submittin yer Scots writing is Wednesday 24 June.

The winners will be annoonced on Friday 21 August.

In English

The deadline for submitting your Scots writing is Wednesday 24 of June 2020.

The winners will be announced on Friday 21 of August 2020.

Whit are we looking for?

Scrieve a poem, a story, a play or sang under 200 words, an ane page comic or a video of you telling a story in three minutes or less. Just ane entry per person.

In English

Write a poem, story, play or song in under 200 words, a one page comic or a video of you telling a story in three minutes or less. Just one entry per person.

Enter now

Scots story competition

You can submit your story by copying and pasting into the text box below, sharing a link to an external platform or uploading a file. If you're uploading several entries on behalf of a group, we recommend uploading them as a single file with each entry clearly labelled.
  • Please give your full name here. Teachers uploading more than one entry, please use your own name here.
  • Please provide an email address we can contact you on. This can be your own, or the email address of a teacher, parent or carer.
  • Please let us know how old you are. If you're uploading several stores at once, please let us know the average age of your group here.
  • Please copy and paste your story here
  • If you're submitting a video or audio story, please upload to YouTube, Soundcloud or another platform and share a link here.
  • If you're uploading multiple stories, please pop them in a word doc with each clearly marked with a name and age then upload here.