Writing Opportunities

Here’s a list of writing competitions and other opportunities which accept submissions in Scottish Gaelic. You can find more information about each opportunity on the websites listed below. See also the monthly 50 Word Fiction competition here.
If we have missed out any opportunities, please email us and we will add them to the list.

StAnza 2023: Open call for two Poets-in-Residence

Deadline: Friday 27th January 2023
Website: StAnza

StAnza – Scotland’s International Poetry Festival – in partnership with the Edwin Morgan Trust, is holding an open call for two poets-in-residence for its 2023 festival. The aim of these residencies is to support and promote marginalized voices in poetry. The residencies are open to poets of any level of experience who identify as being from a demographic that is currently under-represented in the literature sector. Two positions are available: (1) The Open Award – open to poets who are Scottish by birth or current residence; (2) The Translation Award – open to poets who write in a language other than English (including Gaelic and Scots), from any country. Each poet-in-residence will receive a £1,400 fee, accommodation for the festival, travel costs within the UK to attend the festival, access to a virtual archive of selected Edwin Morgan material, access to all events/virtual events at StAnza 2023. See website for further information.

Scottish Books International: Author International Travel Fund

Deadline: Saturday 1st April 2023
Website: Scottish Books International

With support from Creative Scotland, this fund has been established by Scottish Books International to support writers who have been invited overseas to promote their work. It aims to (i) increase opportunities for Scottish writers to attend festivals and other promotion or exchange events overseas; (ii) remove barriers for Scottish writers from all backgrounds to take up these opportunities; (iii) develop relationships between Scottish writers and festivals, publishers and organisations overseas. The fund is open to practising, professional Scottish writers with a demonstrable track record of work who have an invitation to attend an event outwith the United Kingdom. A Scottish writer is defined as a writer living and working in Scotland, or a writer from Scotland but based elsewhere. Applications are welcome from the writer themselves, or from the organisation who have invited the writer. Applicants can apply for a maximum of £1,000 to support travel costs towards their trip. See website for further information.