The Federation of Writers (Scotland)

Vernal Equinox Competition

We’re delighted to announce the opening of our Vernal Equinox Competition. This year we’re starting it a month later so as to give the anthology submissions a head start and the deadline will be April 30. Full rules here and at To find out who are judges are and what they will be looking for go to Judges for 2021 competition

Donate to us

Membership of the FWS is free but we are always grateful for any donations which enable us to carry on our work. You can donate by : BACS transfer (Preferred) to Bank of Scotland Federation of Writers ( Scotland) Sort Code 80-22-60 A/c no. 12874968 Or by cheque payable to Federation of Writers Scotland and… Continue Reading →

2021 Anthology

Submissions now open until 31st March 2021. Find guidelines here Submission Guidelines

A Message from FWS Chair Jenifer Harley.

THANK-YOU MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR As we start 2021, I thank all Federation members for your support during the year we leave behind. In particular, I wish to pay tribute to our Board members below. To be effective as chair and deliver the many facets of our organisation’s work, I need a good team behind… Continue Reading →


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February 2021

FWS Makar Event with Jim Mackintosh

28th February 6.30pm

Vernal Equinox Competition 2021 Opens

We’re delighted to announce the opening of our Vernal Equinox Competition. This year we’re starting it a month later so as to give the anthology submissions a head start and the deadline will be April 30. Full rules here

To find out who are judges are and what they will be looking for go to Judges for 2021 competition

Arbroath anthology

The twenty-fourth 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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