Writing Competition

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival features an annual writing competition, held in partnership with Bipolar Scotland. The winning entrants are invited to join us at SMHAF for the Writing Awards ceremony and given the opportunity to read their work in front of a receptive audience.

The Writing Awards is one of SMHAF’s most enduring successes, providing an opportunity for first time writers to be published alongside established names. In recent years, the event has been hosted by writers including bestselling author Ian Rankin and poet Jenny Lindsay, with music by artists including Emma Pollock and Siobhan Wilson.

Find out how to get involved