Vernal Equinox Competition Judges

FWS members – remember the competition closes at midnight on 31 March 2020! To help you get going, here are the judges and what they are looking for. Poetry Judge Finola Scott FWS Makar for 2020 Finola Scott poems are widely published including in Gutter, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Ofi Press, New Writing Scotland and theContinue reading “Vernal Equinox Competition Judges”

2019 FWS Anthology – now available!

The 2019 FWS anthology, High Tide, packed with poems and stories, will be launched on Saturday Nov 2nd at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh at 12:30pm for 1:00. The afternoon closes at 3:30pm. Our Makar, Stephen Watt, will be at the SPL for a “Meet the Makar” session at 11:00am. This is an informal event,Continue reading “2019 FWS Anthology – now available!”

How to: the workshop on judging competitions

A C Clarke, who ran a ‘Be a competition judge for an afternoon’ workshop in August, explains how you too could run such a workshop. — While I cannot post the material I chose for the workshop without permission from the authors (it is permissible in a closed group for educational purposes) the format ofContinue reading “How to: the workshop on judging competitions”

Workshop: Be a competition judge for an afternoon!

Saturday September 14 2.30-4.30pm Multicultural Centre Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RE Be a competition judge for an afternoon! Experienced poetry competition judge A C Clarke (has judged Grey Hen, Segora, SAW, Autumn Voices, Ver poemcard, Tyne and Esk Writers, Perth Writers competitions) will give some pointers on what judges are looking for and give participantsContinue reading “Workshop: Be a competition judge for an afternoon!”

Last chance! The FWS 2019 Patchwork poem – submit by Aug 31st

After the success of our past Patchwork Poems and also to mark National Poetry Day 2019 (celebrated on Thursday 3rd October), the Federation of Writers Scotland would like to invite members to contribute to a Patchwork Poem on this year’s NPD theme of ‘Truth’. You must be a FWS member to contribute – not justContinue reading “Last chance! The FWS 2019 Patchwork poem – submit by Aug 31st”

Accepted authors for the FWS 2019 Anthology

Below is the list of authors notified that they will be appearing in the FWS 2019 Anthology, which will be launched on November 2nd. There will be 31 authors, with 51 pieces in this exciting new work. Congratulations to all! Accepted Authors Derek Brown  Fran Baillie    David McVey Neil Beaton  David Betteridge  Andy Allan Continue reading “Accepted authors for the FWS 2019 Anthology”

Edinburgh Fringe: FWS @ Courtyard Readings Aug 14th

Calling FWS members! Every August, the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh runs Poetry Courtyard events at which anyone can tuen up and read. This year Poetry Courtyard readings are on every day from 13-17 August 2-3pm, but we encourage all members who can make it to turn up on: Wednesday 14 August 2-3 – hostedContinue reading “Edinburgh Fringe: FWS @ Courtyard Readings Aug 14th”

Vernal Equinox Competition Results

Results of FWS Vernal Equinox Competition 2019 Flash fiction Gaelic Short Story Poetry Flash Fiction Category Overview by Flash Fiction Judge Gordon Lawrie As the editor of a flash fiction website, I see many different submissions from around the world – many thousands over the last five or six years – and their quality variesContinue reading “Vernal Equinox Competition Results”

FWS AGM: Tuesday 18 June 6.30pm

FWS AGM Tuesday 18 June 6.30pm Multicultural Centre Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RE Annual FWS AGM. This is your chance to make your voice heard and influence the future direction of the Federation by coming along to vote. Do think seriously about joining the committee or standing for a post. We are always in needContinue reading “FWS AGM: Tuesday 18 June 6.30pm”

FWS Short Story Workshop

Our Federation Scriever, Olga Wojtas, visited Dundee Central Library on 3 May. Her short story workshop was attended by folk from Aberdeen,Tayport, Newburgh, Arbroath, Forfar, Edinburgh, Livingston and Dundee. She started off with relaxation exercises, then got everyone to do a freewrite, writing whatever came into their heads for three minutes without lifting their pensContinue reading “FWS Short Story Workshop”