Everybody kens a wee bit o’ Ulster-Scots and this is your chance to get creative with it. The Linen Hall Library is launching an Ulster-Scots writing competition sponsored by the Ulster-Scots Agency.
There will be two competition categories, one for prose and one for poetry. The winner for each section will receive £500 and one runner up for each section will receive £250. The winning entries will be published in a special edition anthology to be revealed in an awards ceremony during Ulster-Scots Language Week in November.
A distinguished panel of judges has been assembled to adjudicate: Ulster University’s Dr Frank Ferguson, Ulster-Scots Agency Director of Development Gillian McMaster, and Scottish poet Stuart Paterson.
Linen Hall Director Julie Andrews says: “The new Ulster-Scots writing competition is a wonderful opportunity to illuminate the Library’s significant Ulster-Scots language holdings which include the world’s largest collection of Scots poet Robert Burns items outside of Scotland. We are grateful to the Ulster-Scots Agency for sponsoring this new competition.”
Ulster-Scots Agency Director of Development Gillian McMaster says: ”Ulster-Scots has a rich literary tradition and we are delighted to partner with the Linen Hall Library to foster and encourage the tradition of Ulster-Scots writing. This competition offers a welcome opportunity both to highlight and promote contemporary Ulster-Scots writers and hopefully inspire others to re-engage with the language as well.”
Deadline for entry is Friday 10 September 2021 at 5.00pm.
For more information about the Ulster-Scots Agency visit https://www.ulsterscotsagency.com/
ENTRY DETAILS AND GUIDELINES
ULSTER-SCOTS WRITING COMPETITION 2021
THE PRIZE FOR THE WINNING PROSE AND POETRY WORK IS £500; with £250 for one runner up in each category. The winners’ and runners-up’s pieces will be published in a limited-edition anthology.
CLOSING DATE: 5.00pm Friday 10 September 2021.
- The competition is open to writers born or resident in Ulster or Scotland over 16 years of age
- Entries MUST be written in Ulster Scots
- No entry form is required.
- Entries must NOT have been, by the date of submission, published or broadcast in any medium
- Entries must be typed, in double spacing, using only one side of A4 paper
- Prose entries must NOT exceed 3000 words and poetry entries must NOT exceed 40 lines
- Entries can be emailed to email@example.com or posted to the Linen Hall Library at the address below. Hard copy entries will not be returned.
- No indication of the writer’s identity should be placed on the entry and name, address, telephone number and e-mail address should be submitted under separate cover with the title Ulster Scots Writing Competition
- Only one entry per applicant
- The decision of the judges is final
- Only winners and runners up will be notified
- Neither judges nor Linen Hall Library staff will enter into any correspondence regarding the competition
- The Winners will be awarded their prizes in the Linen Hall during Ulster- Scots Language Week in November 2021
- The Linen Hall Library reserves the right to select for publication such entries as may be deemed appropriate, in any year
- The Linen Hall Library will liaise with successful authors in preparing texts for publication
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