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Established in 2012, The John Byrne Award is a creative competition, open to anyone living or studying in Scotland over 16 years old. We accept creative work in all disciplines, on any theme or topic. Join our dynamic online community, and enter our quarterly competition and year-round exhibition for a chance to win a cash prize of £500.


Find all the entry details below and the entry form at the bottom of this page.



To enter the competition, simply use the form below to fill in your details and upload your work. The competition is completely free to enter.

After you submit your entry, we will post it online, here, and may also share it on John Byrne Award social channels. Your entry is automatically entered into both the quarterly and annual competition. Deadlines and details can be found below.

(See our FAQs page for further information on our submission form.)



The John Byrne Award accepts work in any creative discipline, on any topic – however, entries must include:

  • A piece of creative work on a chosen theme or value. Written work must be no more than 3,000 words in length, while video/audio can be up to 25 minutes in length. Your creative work should have been created with 18 months of your date of submission.
  • An entry title, which must be phrased as a question (this is not the title of your creative work but of your John Byrne Award entry as a whole).
  • An entry statement, of no more than 200 words, explaining what your creative work communicates, and why these ideas are important.

Your entry is judged equally on the creative work and your entry statement. See also, What Makes a Great John Byrne Award Entry.

Entrants must also:



  • Proofread your entry statement – or have your most pedantic friend do it for you! This is your opportunity to explain what your entry is saying, and it needs to be as clear and powerful as possible – so make every word count!
  • Make sure that any media you upload does your work justice i.e. images are clear, well-lit, high resolution, and not blurry or pixelated; sound or video files are good quality; and PDFs are well-laid out and easy to read.
  • Finally, remember to read the Judging Criteria or What Makes a Great John Byrne Award Entry to make sure your entry has the best chance of winning!


If you have any trouble with the form or submission process, please check out our FAQs.

Read our terms and conditions of entry and privacy notice.

Section 1: Compulsory - publicly shared

Everything in Section 1 will be displayed on The John Byrne Award website. Your entry will be judged only on what you include in Section 1. Review the judging criteria here.





Section 2: Optional - publicly shared

Everything in Section 2 is optional and will be displayed on The John Byrne Award website if provided. Information in Section 2 should help your audience and the judges to understand your entry and where you are coming from as an entrant.

Social media URLs (Please only include your social media URLS if they are relevant to your entry)


Section 3. Compulsory - Just for our records

Information in Section 3 will be stored securely and not displayed publicly. We need this information to accept your entry into the competition.

Section 4. Optional - Just for our records

Information in Section 4 will be stored securely and not displayed publicly. This information is optional and helps us to improve The John Byrne Award.

Your entry make take some time to submit, please only click the submit button once. Multiple submissions may result in a delay to processing your entry.