This year Bipolar Scotland ran a short story competition as part of the 2013 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival on the theme of “First Love”. We had a healthy response with many different interpretations of the theme. Professor Willy Maley and Dr Elizabeth Reeder of the University of Glasgow alongside our Chair and soon to be published author Gordon Johnston formed the judging panel. They had, as they described it, the most enjoyable task of reading all the stories and the unenviable task of shortlisting down to ten and choosing the winners. The shortlisted writers were invited to read their work at the grand finale entitled “The Write Lines” where the winners were announced and prizes awarded.

It was a most entertaining event. Each of the stories had a unique take on the theme and to hear the work read aloud is to really hear the writers’ unique literary voices. The overall winner was Sheena Blackhall with “The Wall”, 2nd was Angela McCrimmon with “Thank You Bipolar” and 3rd was Andrew Blair with “A Wick and Tallow for Mr Theseus”. However the standard of all the shortlisted stories was very high as you can read for yourself as all ten are posted here. Enjoy discovering these superb stories and let us know your favourite on our facebook or twitter page.

Picture of some of the short listed writers below.

The Short Listed Writers

* The Wall by Sheena Blackhall

Thank You Bipolar by Angela McCrimmon

* A Wick and Tallow by Andrew Blair

* A Blue Doo on a Sunday Evening by Brian Quinn

* Cula by Donald McKenzie

* Love at the Ice Cream Shop by Elaine McKay

* Me and My First Love by Jackie Stewart

* My Unrequited Debut, and You by Catrina Cochrane

* Replay by Mary Wilson

* Overtime by Tracey Rosenberg

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