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Anstruther Writing Awards 2016

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The Anstruther Writing Awards is a creative competition organised each year by the AIA and is open to one and all.

In years gone by an ‘Anster Fair’ was held in the town to celebrate the poem of the same name written by William Tennant (1784-1848). The poem features the characters of Maggie Lauder and Rob the Ranter and has a sub plot of witches, wizards and fairies. Numerous events used to be held in Anstruther during the ‘Anster Fair’ and one of them was a writing competition. So in 2013 the AIA decided to revive the competition to build on our community’s great tradition of creative writing and to celebrate talent of all ages.

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PRIMARY PUPILS

CREATIVE WRITING
First Prize: £20 book token
Second Prize: £10 book token

Entries can be poetry, or prose or illustrated fiction up to 500 words.

Judge: Chae Strathie

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SECONDARY PUPILS

POETRY
First Prize: £25 book token

SHORT STORY (1000-1500 words)
First Prize: £25 book token

REFLECTIVE WRITING (1000-1500 words)
First Prize: £25 book token

Judge: Christina Banach

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ADULTS

POETRY
First Prize: £100
Judge: Andrew Greig

SHORT STORY (between 1500-2500 words)
First Prize: £100

Judge: Jennie Erdal

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The competition closing date is the 30th of September 2016. For competition rules and entry details please visit the AIA website.

www.anstrutherimprovements.org/anstruther-writing-awards

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Anstruther Writing Awards 2015

The Anstruther Writing Awards is a creative competition organised each year by the AIA and is open to one and all. There are three age categories; Adults, Secondary Pupils and Primary Pupils. Entries can be poetry or prose. See below for details of the great prizes to be won. But don’t dilly dally… The closing date for entries is 30th September!

PRIMARY PUPILS

CREATIVE WRITING
First Prize: £20 book token
Second Prize: £10 book token

Entries can be poetry, or prose or illustrated fiction up to 500 words.
Judge: Chae Strathie

SECONDARY PUPILS

POETRY
First Prize: £25 book token

SHORT STORY (1000-1500 words)
First Prize: £25 book token

Judge: Doug Johnstone

ADULTS

POETRY
First Prize: £100
Judge: Andrew Greig

SHORT STORY (between 1500-2500 words)
First Prize: £100
Judge: Jennie Erdal

For an entry form and more information please visit:

http://www.anstrutherimprovements.org/anstruther-writing-awards.php

 

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East Neuk Winter Quiz League

The East Neuk’s new Winter Quiz League continues this Friday 14 November 7.30pm, at Anstruther Bowling Club, Crail Road, Anstruther. With quizzes still scheduled to run each month until May 2015, there’s still plenty of time for new teams to join in the fun and, of course, plenty of time for previous participants to boost their points total!

Teams of four compete for “on the night prizes” and also leaderboard points for big prizes at the end of the quiz season. The cost, per team, is just £10.

Last month’s quiz winners were 1st – Pittenweem Rovers (15pts), 2nd – Mon the Waid (12pts), 3rd – Rodger the Cabin Boy (10pts).

The leading positions in the overall league table are – 1. Pittenweem Rovers 27, 2. Rodger the Cabin Boy 25, 3. Mon the Waid 17, 4. Undecideds 15, 5. Pretty Vacant and Elie Brain Drain 14, 7. Get Serious 12, 8. New Dreel Marchers 11, 9. Car Phannies 4, 10. Quiz on my face and I look like Mickey Flannagan 3.

Watch this space for news of this week’s triumphant winners and updates on leaderboard standings.

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AIA Writing Awards

The second Annual Anstruther Writing Awards took place last Thursday Night at Dreel Halls. There was a much bigger response to the competition this year which resulted in more work for both the Committee so apologies for any results going out late. Our winners were:

  • Primary First Prize: Amy Hargreaves, Primary Second Prize: Blythe Taylor.
  • Secondary Short Story: Abigail Liscoe, Secondary Poetry: Isla Timmermans.
  • Adult Short Story: Joint Winners: Pete Marshall and Reni Timmermans.
  • Adult Poetry: Emily McKay with commendations to Susan Grant and Gill Fraser.

Our Judges were Jennie Erdal, Andrew Greig and Chae Strathie. Jennie Erdal attended the event also spoke on the Art of Short Story Writing and took time to speak to some of the entrants. We know this Annual event won’t reach the echelons of Glasgow and the MTV Awards but it could become bigger and better. The AIA also wish to acknowledge formally the generous and anonymous donation we received from a local person to ensure this event was covered financially.

Finally, on Saturday in Dreel Halls we have a Vintage Christmas from Bothy Workshop and Friends with interiors, furniture, textiles, accessories, home produce and yummy things to eat and drink. We can’t wait to see our Lower Hall looking festive. The event runs from 11am until 4pm.

Elizabeth Gordon, President

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Anstruther Writing Awards 2014

It’s the second year of the Anstruther Improvements Association’s creative writing competition for budding writers. This year we’re accepting Short Story and Poetry submissions. Our special panel of judges will be selecting winners from three age groups – Primary Pupils, Secondary Pupils and Adults. We’ve got a big pile of prizes waiting for our winners. The closing date is 30th September so put your pen to paper and get creative!

For more information on the Anstruther Writing Awards please visit the AIA website:

www.anstrutherimprovements.org/anstruther-writing-awards.php

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