Review of 2023 – 2024 by Annie Lamb

Time moves at different speeds for different folk. But most of us probably see the AGM of 2020 as happening long ago. We held it that May by email, having ceased to meet in person in March: not because we were in lockdown, yet, but just to be safe. And here we still are, nimbly […]

Toulmin Prize for Doric Short Stories 2024

The Toulmin prize for Doric short stories competition is now open. The prize of £500, is for a short story written in Doric, with a 4000 words limit. Entries should be submitted by 27 August 2024. The Toulmin prize is run by the Elphinstone Institute and full details can be found at:

Announcing a new science and poetry competition ‘Brilliant Poetry’

‘Brilliant Poetry’ – a new competition that aims to bring together science and poetry to explore the liminal spaces in-between. As well as having contestant’s work recognised on an international platform, there are also some rather attractive prizes – £1000 for the winner, £500 for the second place, and £250 for the third. The competition […]

Press and Journal short story competition

Saturday’s P&J announced they are running a short story competition in conjunction with this year’s Granite Noir. It’s 1500 to 2000 words and due in on 28 Jan. One entry per writer; thriller, crime fiction, or mystery. P&J readers will already know all this!Details can be found on the festival website at: The address […]

New Writer’s Magazine open for submissions

The former Writers and Readers magazine has been resurrected in another guise as the All Your Stories magazine. The editors are looking for submissions from both new and experienced writers. The submission deadline for the February issue is: 16th January 2024 Full details available at:

Huntly Writers launch their new anthology ‘Speaking Back’

On Thursday evening 5th October, friends and family of both old and new Huntly Writers met in Orb’s Bookshop in Huntly, to celebrate the launch of our new anthology entitled ‘Speaking Back’. And an excellent evening was had by all… This new anthology showcases poetry from both members of Huntly Writers and some recipients of […]

Brian Nisbet Poetry Award is open for 2023

BRIAN NISBET POETRY AWARD 2023 To celebrate the life of the Huntly Writers poet, Brian Nisbet, the Brian Nisbet Poetry Award will take place for the eighth year. Prizes will be given for the best poem on the theme of REFUGE. Please read the entry rules below and follow this guide carefully for submission • […]

The Poetry Society National Poetry Competition

The Poetry Society is holding its annual National Poetry Competition with a closing date of 31st October 2023. It costs £8 to enter the first poem and £5 for a second. Details can be found at the following link:*6tfs12*_ga*MTY1Nzk2NDAyLjE2OTA0MDIwMTc.*_ga_4Q74C9DQQT*MTY5MDQwMjAxNy4xLjAuMTY5MDQwMjAxNy4wLjAuMA..

Huntly Writer has work published in new anthology

Local Huntly Writer Dawn McLachlan (aka Dawn Finch), has recently had two of her poems accepted for inclusion in a new anthology called ‘Gods and Monsters – mythological poems’. The book is published by Pan MacMillan and will be available September 2023. Please follow the link below for further details: