The John Byrne Award

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Big news!

The John Byrne Award now accepts entries from everybody over 16 living or studying in Scotland.

To celebrate we’ve commissioned one of our entrants, Sean Lìonadh, to produce this poem and video and increased the annual prize money to £7500.

The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition, competition, and community, welcoming people who seek a deeper understanding of the values that drive our beliefs and actions.

Our Mission: Create Scotland’s most inclusive, creative arts platform to encourage the questioning and development of values appropriate to our modern age.

We accept creative work in any medium, 365 days a year, from everybody over 16 living or studying in Scotland.

We award £7500 annually and £250 monthly.

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Monthly Winners

September's Monthly Winner

Is my broken finger the same as your broken leg?

Natalie Arle-Toyne, 39
August's Monthly Winner

I agree, we agree, but do they?

Callum Boath, 29
June's Monthly Winner

Are we teaching addiction to children?

Sarah Ogilvie, 20
May's Monthly Winner

Out of the womb and into a prison?

Sean Lìonadh, 21
April's Monthly Winner

What are you looking for?

Bingyu Li, 26
March's Monthly Winner

Should we heed the warnings of our ancient legends?

Stephen Will, 25
February's Monthly Winner

What is our place in the world?

Fraser Scott, 19
January's Monthly Winner

What does it mean to be between two cultures?

Carina Haouchine, 22
December's Monthly Winner

Can we find meaning in the turbulent chaos of the land?

Ellis O'Connor, 26
November's Monthly Winner

Am I an alcoholic?

Anonymous , 27
October's Monthly Winner

Can we afford to let a language die?

Christopher Adam, 18