For the first time the 2009 Neil Gunn Writing Competition became an International Competition with entries from Finland, France, Brazil, America and Canada as well as Wales, England and Scotland. The reason for choosing this year's theme was to indicate to entrants that, although they could write about local issues if they so chose, we would also welcome it if they decided to tackle some of the big issues of today's world, like Climate Change, Muslim/Christian, Race Relations or Palestine/Israel. This resulted in a very different and rewarding mix of entries.
The Town House in Inverness was a very attractive venue and helped to add to the atmosphere of excitement. Prize Winners were keen to discuss their work with Judges after the Prize Giving. It has to be mentioned that the lady who won 2nd. prize in the Adult Prose section had flown in from France so that she could collect her prize in person.
A very rewarding and successful Neil Gunn Writing Competition. Soon we will be beginning the process of organising the 11th. Competition.
by Ann Yule (Convenor of the Neil Gunn Trust)