The Federation of Writers (Scotland)

Patchwork Poem 2021

We’re delighted to announce that once again to mark National Poetry Day 2021 (celebrated this year on Thursday 7 October), the Federation of Writers Scotland would like to invite members to contribute to a Patchwork Poem on this year’s NPD theme of ‘Choice’. • The project welcomes contributions from FWS members only • Single lines, … Continue reading

Annual General Meeting

AGM 23rd June at 7.00pm You are warmly invited to the FWS Annual General Meeting 23rd June 2021 at 7pm via Zoom. ( Contact Jenifer at for Zoom link and papers) And then join us for a soiree with our Makar Jim Mackintosh and his special guest Julie Mc Neill. We look forward to … Continue reading

The Vernal Equinox Competition is now closed.

The Vernal Equinox Competition 2021 is now closed and all entries have been sent to the judges. Thank you to all who submitted entries. Successful entrants will be notified by July 20. We hope to organise a virtual Awards Event in September.

Anthology 2021 Naming Competition

ANTHOLOGY TITLE COMPETITION   Each year the NVP Anthology is one of the highlights of our year. A fabulous publication drawn from the talents of our members, with Poetry and Prose deftly written in our three languages, Scots, Gaelic, and English.  For 2021 the Anthology team would like to invite you to name the upcoming publication. … Continue reading


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MARCH 2021

Vernal Equinox Competition 2021 Is now closed

The Vernal Equinox Competition 2021 is now closed and all entries have been sent to the judges. Thank you to all who submitted entries. Successful entrants will be notified by July 20. We hope to organise a virtual Awards Event in September.

Arbroath anthology

The fortieth piece in the new anthology to commemorate the Declaration of Arbroath is now up on the web-site and can be read at

It will stay up on the anthology page for one week and all the pieces accepted will appear in consecutive weeks, each for one week only on that page but still accessible through the Arbroath Anthology Archive page.

We are also delighted to bring you contributions to the anthology by our current Makar Finola Scott and our current Scriever Charlie Gracie. Both can be accessed via the link above and will remain on the site for the duration of this project.

National Poetry Day  1st October 2020

FWS celebrated National Poetry Day 2020 with  readings from a range of poets including our Makar Finola Scott. Marie Therese thoroughly enjoyed hosting the event and introducing some of our regular readers. The organisers were also delighted to welcome some poets who were making their Federation debut. The event also saw the debut of this year’s Patchwork Poem , Unseen on the theme of vision,  the title being created by one of the contributors.  Unseen was stitched  into being  by Andy Jackson. We hope to upload the accompanying video imminently. The Federation was proud to offer,  as an  extra bonus, a reading from former Makar Sheila Templeton, winner of this year’s James Mc Cash Scots Poetry Prize with The Clyack Shafe (meaning the last harvest sheaf).

A wonderful afternoon of poetry. Congratulations and thanks to all those who contributed. The Federation is delighted and grateful to be able to offer members the opportunity to continue to showcase their work in these challenging times. 

Surfing, an anthology of poetry and prose by members of the Federation Of Writers ( Scotland) to be launched 7th November .

For further information and details of how to order, please follow this link

Surfing Anthology 2020
Emma Mooney, our prose editor, receiving her copy of the latest anthology, hot off the press.

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