Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival – Ayrshire Poetry and Flash Fiction Competition 2019

The 2019 Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival Foundation Ayrshire Writing Competition is now closed.  

It was open to anyone from Ayrshire or living and working in Ayrshire.

There were three categories:

  • poetry in English up to 30 lines (judge Tracy Harvey)
  • poetry in Scots up to 30 lines (judge Tracy Harvey)
  • flash fiction of up to 600 words (judge Fiona McFadzean)

The theme was “Connected” and how that relates to Mental Health and wellbeing. The first prize in each category was £20, second prize was £15 and third prize was £10. The entry fee went directly to the Mental Health Foundation (Scotland). All prizes were sponsored by East Ayrshire Council.

The winners were announced at a reception and prize-giving at The Park Hotel, Kilmarnock on Thursday 23rd May.

Copyright remains with the authors.


Flash Fiction

1st Prize – Siobhan Staples

2nd Prize – Kathleen Kidd

Scots Poetry 

1st Prize – Kate Lindsay 

Overall Poetry Prize 

1st Prize – Wendy Woolfson

2nd Prize – Kate Lindsay 

3rd Prize – Sadie Woods