The Writing Rammy returns for 2023
We're thrilled to announce the sixth year of the Writing Rammy, Falkirk Libraries' short fiction and poetry competition.
The Writing Rammy is open to all ages, whether you're 7 or 70! Taking part couldn’t be easier: Write a short piece of fiction or poetry on a theme of your choice (word counts and entry info below). You can also produce a story in comic book form.
Our favourite entries will receive a gift voucher, some nice stationery and an invitation to our celebration event, where we'll invite you to stand up and read your entry (if you want to). Winners will also have the chance to see their entry in eBook format on our Libby app!
About the Writing Rammy
Submit a story or poem no longer than 500 words (the entry does not need to be as long as 500 words). Alternatively, you can submit an entry in comic form, of no longer than 4 sides of A4.
Our panel will choose a winner and runner up in each of the following categories.
- 8 and under
- Young Adult 12+
- Adult (18+)
- Family Rammy (best family entry)
Winners will be announced in November and invited to a celebration during Book Week Scotland on Monday 13 November 2023 where they will be invited to read their work.
How to enter
You can take part if you live in, work in, or regularly visit the Falkirk area. You'll find all the entry information in our Writing Rammy rules. Please read these carefully before submitting as it includes information about word limits and entry format.
For a chance to scoop our Family Rammy prize, get together with the other members of your family and each write a story or poem and send in your entries together. We want everyone to take part – mums, dads, grannies, uncles, big brothers, cousins… the whole family!
But seriously, Family Rammy entries don’t need to involve lots of people – it can involve as little as one entry each from two members of the same family.
Visit our Library Love Falkirk blog to check out the previous winning entries.
You can also download the 2021 winners in our eBook app.
Writing Rammy for schools
Get everyone involved in your school – staff and pupils!
Up for grabs is a Live Literature session to bring an author, illustrator, or poet to your school during Book Week Scotland (13-19 November 2023). This will go to one school who participates in the Writing Rammy.
All the school entries will be entered into a draw – the more entries from your school, the greater the chance of winning the visit. The pupil or staff member whose entry is pulled out in the draw will also win a prize.
When sending in entries for your class, please also be sure to include the name of the school and the class teacher's contact details (if applicable).