How to Enter

We invite you to submit your writing, or someone else’s writing, for consideration in the 2017 awards.

This year is the fifth year that the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards will take place and as such we are deciding how the awards can best represent all the writing talent that is available in Scotland.

The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards has six separate award categories. Anyone may nominate their own writing, or an article written by someone else for any of the categories.

  • Best Article – news
  • Best Article – features
  • Best Article – student & youth
  • Best Blog or Comment piece
  • New for 2017 – Creative writing
  • Wooden Spoon

To nominate or submit an entry, use the contact form at the foot of this page.

Please be sure to read the terms and conditions fully.

Alternatively, entries can be submitted by email to submissions (at) writetoendvaw.com. The deadline for entries is midnight 30 September 2017.

What Happens Next

After the closing date a shortlist will be chosen. All shortlisted writers will be invited to the awards ceremony which will be held at the Scottish Parliament during the 16 Days of Action for The Elimination of Violence Against Women in December 2017.

When reviewing submissions for The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards we will be looking for well written, original contributions to awareness raising of gender inequality or Violence Against Women (VAW).  We have written guidance on how best to achieve this in Handle With Care, our guide for journalists – download here. Here are some questions to ask yourself about your piece

What Happens Next

After the closing date a shortlist will be chosen. All shortlisted writers will be invited to the award ceremony which will be held at the Scottish Parliament during the 16 Days of Action for The Elimination of Violence Against Women in late 2017.

Terms and conditions

  • Must be published between 01/09/16 and 30/09/17
  • Must be written in Scotland or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.

Remember – this writing can be yours, or someone else’s. If you have any queries at all about what category the writing belongs in then please get in touch!

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.

Student/YP

  • Author may or may not have received financial compensation for the piece.
  • Article must have been written by a student (this includes students at school, college and university as well as mature students) or by an author aged 26 and under.
  • Article can be news, comment or feature.

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.

*New for 2017* Creative writing

For the first time we are including a category for creative writing in the Write to End VAW awards.

This could be: a poem, or selection of poems, a short story, an extract from a longer story, a personal account – or if you want to submit something that’s not mentioned here then please get in touch! We are open to ideas and would be excited to hear about your work. There are some guidelines below.

  • Your submission must be a written entry; this could be a short story, poem, an extract, blog etc. Unfortunately, we are not accepting video, podcasts etc. in these awards due to judging capacity.
  • If your piece is unpublished this should be submitted to submissions@writetoendvaw.com in .doc or PDF format.
  • Author must not have received financial compensation for the piece.
  • Word limits: for a short story, personal account, or extract – 3000 words. For poetry – 16 lines and a maximum of 3 poems.

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 worst article category, using the same online form below.
  • 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.