How to Enter

Submissions for this year’s Awards closed on 30 September 2018. Shortlisted articles will be announced soon, and the winners announced at the Awards ceremony on the 28th November 2018 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

This is the sixth year of the Awards and we’re excited to see the variety of writing talent that is available in Scotland.

This year we accepted submissions and nomination for six separate Award categories:

  • Best Article – news
  • Best Article – features
  • Best Blog or Comment piece
  • New for 2018 – Year of Young People Award in partnership with The Young Women’s Movement 
  • Wooden Spoon – worst article

Terms and conditions

All applications and nominations had to meet these criteria:

  • Must have been published between 01/10/17 and 30/09/18
  • Must be written in Scotland or primarily reaching a Scottish audience. 

And will be judged, in part, using our Handle With Care guide to responsible media reporting of violence against women – download here. 

We are looking for pieces that:

  • Use accurate, non-judgmental language that is recommended by agencies working in violence against women
  • Challenge myths or stereotypes about violence against women
  • Place violence against women in the wider context of gender inequality? 

Writing in other languages

We are keen to ensure that the Write Awards receives as broad a range of submissions as possible. We also know that many people writing on gender equality in Scotland will be doing so in another language. Unfortunately, due to our staff capacity and time constraints, we can only accept pieces that have been translated into English (this is something we would be keen to change in future years).

However, if you are unable to translate your piece please let us know – we will do all we can to share it among our networks and find someone with the expertise to get your piece translated and eligible for submission. Contact Jenny Lester at jenny.lester@zerotolerance.org.uk for more help.

Categories

News – reporting

  • Author must have received financial compensation for the piece.
  • Articles must be published, either in print or online, in a Scottish publication or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.
  • Article must be a “hard news” story, i.e. a piece of reporting intended to objectively communicate the facts of the story.
  • Work may be published in any local or national Scottish publication.

News – feature

  • Author must have received financial compensation for the piece
  • Articles must be published, either in print or online, in a Scottish publication or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.
  • Article must be a lengthier feature piece, i.e. a piece of writing intended to provide more analysis and context than a straightforward news piece.
  • Work may be published in any local or national Scottish publication.

Blog/comment/opinion

  • We define ‘blog and comment piece’ as a post with your own opinions and commentary. You can read examples of blog posts we shortlisted for previous Write to End awards here, here and here.
  • Personal blogs accepted, but must be freely available online.
  • Nomination needs to be for an individual blog post, not the entire blog. Multiple posts / articles from the same blog can be nominated.
  • Must have been written in, or primarily for a Scottish audience.
  • We will be giving a prize for both paid and unpaid work in this category. Therefore you can submit paid and unpaid work to this category but please make sure you state accurately whether you were financially compensated when submitting the piece.

Year of Young People award – in partnership with The Young Women’s Movement (Scotland)

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2018 is the Year of Young People in Scotland (find out more here) and we want to mark this year with a category dedicated to young people’s writing.

*Please note: this is the first time we have run this category and depending on the number and quality of submissions we receive, there may be multiple winners grouped in different age ranges. We encourage any writer aged 26 or under to submit their work*

  • Author may or may not have received financial compensation for the piece.
  • Author must be 26 or under.
  • Article can be news, opinion or personal experience.
  • Article can be published or unpublished: if sending in an unpublished piece, please send in either .doc or .pdf format

Wooden Spoon

  • Have you seen something published in the Scottish press that is sexist, upholds rape myths, or harmful gender stereotypes? Such articles may be nominated in our Wooden Spoon-worst article category.  
  • As per above articles must be published, either in print or online, in a Scottish publication or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.
  • Work may be published in any local or national Scottish publication.
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