Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2018/19

The 15th Neil Gunn Writing Competition : 2018/19

The 2018/19 writing competition will be launched on Friday 14th September 2018 at the Neil Gunn Lecture, which takes place at 7.00pm in Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. This year’s event is a talk by our wonderful Scottish Makar Jackie Kay, herself a previous judge of the competition. Following the launch full details and entry forms for each section will be available on this webpage or from any High Life Highland Library.

The lead judge for the 2018/19 competition is the distinguished columnist and broadcaster Ruth Wishart.

The competition has 4 sections – adult short story, adult poetry, secondary schools and primary schools.  The adult sections are open to writers worldwide writing in either English or Scots. The schools sections are open to pupils attending Highland Council schools in specified classes. All sections of the competition ask writers to base their writing on a theme, which is usually a quote from a work by Neil Gunn.


Adult Entry Forms:

Schools Entry Forms:

Rules 2018/19:

Please use the ‘Fill & Sign’ button within Adobe Acobat Reader to complete the PDF form.

Primary school section winners with judges Michel Faber and Janet Macinnes

Contact for advance queries
(Please note: information about the themes are not revealed until the launch)

The competition administrator is Charlotte Macarthur, a trustee with the Neil Gunn Trust.

Email (preferred): [email protected]

Tel: 01479 841851

Address for postal queries: Charlotte Macarthur, Neil Gunn Writing Competition, c/o The Library Support Unit, 31a Harbour Road, Inverness IV1 1UA.

The Neil Gunn Writing Competition is run by the Neil Gunn Trust in partnership with High Life Highland Libraries. Further information on all aspects of the work of the Neil Gunn Trust can be found at

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