‘see me’ – Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health – has announced the winners of its first ever Creative Writing Competition. The winners were revealed today at a lunchtime awards ceremony at the Apex Hotel, Edinburgh hosted by Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead.
Chris Haddow from Paisley scooped the short story prize, Evelyn Weir from Haddington the poetry prize and Sian Bevan from Edinburgh was triumphant in the Twitter category. All winners were presented with the prize of £250 by the competition judges: children’s author Lari Don, Dundee street poet, Gary Robertson and well-known comedian and political activist, Mark Thomas.
The competition attracted hundreds of entries from budding writers, of all ages from across Scotland in the three competition categories. Entrants were challenged to write about the theme of ‘support’ and what it means to them. For people with a mental health problem, seeking support from those around them can be a real turning point in putting them on the road to recovery.
To read the winning entries check out https://www.seemescotland.org