Scots School Competition

Scots Words and Place-names (SWAP) are running a Scots schools competition, open to all school pupils from P1 to S6. All that the entrants need to do is to write a short story, poem or essay relating to the Scots language (which can include place-names). Age groups are P1-P3, P4-P7, S1-S3 and S4-S6. More information is available on the attached poster, on our Glow site (SWAP Glow group) or by emailing us at

There are prizes available, judges include the novelists Louise Welsh and Amal Chatterjee, and the competition will end with a prize-giving hosted by the University of Glasgow Rector, the Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP. The finalists’ entries will be published on the University of Glasgow website.

The competition is being primarily run using Glow, with the help of Learning and Teaching Scotland. There are some suggestions and resources available on the Glow site to help with inspiration for pupils and teachers. Entries can be uploaded to Glow, or sent through the post if required (email us or check Glow for further details). Three finalists in each category will be chosen by our judges, with the winners chosen through online voting on Glow after the summer holidays. All finalists will be invited to the prize-giving on Saturday 3rd September.

The competition is running throughout June, so entries must be in by 1st July. We look forward to reading them!

Scots Words and Place-names is based at the University of Glasgow, and is running in partnership with Scottish Language Dictionaries, the Scottish Place-name Society and the National e-Science Centre. It is funded by JISC.

Academic information site:

  SWAP Glow group:

Please see attached poster:   SWAP schools poster