The Award

The Award Ceremony

Award ceremony 2020: Exciting news coming soon.

The John Byrne Award host their annual awards ceremony each year in February. This fabulous evening offers the community an opportunity to celebrate the work, values and ideas shared throughout the year.

600 people came together on Sat the 16th of February 2019 in Central Hall, Edinburgh, to see the top 30 entries exhibited and hear John Byrne announce the 2018-2019 winner.

Sarah Orr was named Winner of The John Byrne Award 2018-2019, for her short story, ‘Kick In The Teeth‘.





*** An independent judging panel reviews ALL entries. Any entry from the year could win.***

DEADLINE: 23:59 on 31 January 2020.
WINNER ANNOUNCED: JBA Awards Ceremony, February 2020.




AWARDED TO: the single best entry received in every quarter in April, July and October.
DEADLINE: 23:59 on the last day of April, July and October.

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED: via website, email and social media.
WINNER ANNOUNCED: by the judging panel in the middle of May, August and November.