Welcome to our third Annual Writing Competition – Writing About HD: The Light Beyond the Shadow. We are so thrilled to be partnering with Glaswegian writer and poet, Tom Leonard, as we move into a new year and a new theme. Huntington’s disease (HD) is a neurological condition that is still hidden from many and this year we want to use the combined power of poetry and prose to look beyond the shadow. We are inviting writers from across Scotland and beyond to submit their work. The competition this year will open on Friday 28th September 2018, and closes on 31st December 2018 so you have plenty of time to get your quills and nibs sharpened.

If you’re an over sixteen year old, then we are asking you for a piece of flash fiction – short prose, up to 150 words in length – which should really test your ability to get to the heart of your story. The competition will cost £5 to enter and the winner will take home £250.

If you are under sixteen, we are looking for poems. We will accept any form of poetry, from haiku to iambic pentameter to free verse, as long as it’s about Huntington’s disease. Each poem should be no more than 24 lines.

The competition will be judged by Tom Leonard and prizes presented to three talented poets at the winners’ event in February 2019, with some drinks and photos. We would also love to post your writing on our website and use in fundraising materials.

We can’t wait to read more.

Tom Leonard

The Prizes

Over 16
1st Place, £250 and a framed copy of your entry
2nd Place, £150 and a framed copy of your entry
3rd Place,£50 and a framed copy of your entry

Under 16
1st Place, £50 and a framed copy of your entry
2nd Place, £25 and a framed copy of your entry
3rd Place, £10 and a framed copy of your entry

Closing date
The closing date is 31st December 2018 and no entries will be received after this.

Administration fee
There is an administration fee of £5.00 for each entry over the age of 16, if you are under 16 there is no administration fee.

The competition is also backed by the Scottish Association of Writers.

Further reading

If you want to write some poetry, but aren’t sure where to begin, we suggest the following websites:





To submit your entry please use the form below