"An entirely fresh and very modern take on values. It is a wonderful competition."

John Byrne, artist & playwright




The John Byrne Award is a competition open to 16-19 year olds in Scotland supporting creative expression. 


Entries can be any piece of creative work that means something to you: art, music, video, essays, photography - your imagination is your limit. You can even submit school work. Pick a value or set of values from the values circumplex (pictured above) to inspire/ describe your entry. The values you choose are completely up to you. Write 200 words or record a 2-minute video or sound file describing which values your entry expresses and why.


To submit your entry, send us a message on Facebook or send an email to Share@JohnByrneAward.org.uk with your:


1. Name

2. Age

3. Hometown

4. High school/college (if attending) 

5. 200 word description/ 2-minute recording

6. Entry files (If your entry file[s] are larger than 25MB, please use WeTransfer.com)


Each month, the JBA team chooses the most thought provoking piece to win 'highlight of the month' and £100. All entries from the year are submitted to the annual John Byrne Award competition where the best entry wins £1000 and three runners-up win £500. All entries are eligible for all prizes and all entries will be considered for posting on the John Byrne Award social media pages.


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