Scotia Writers Group Open Mic Night

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that this coming Monday is not only Valentine’s Day, it’s the Scotia Writers’ Group open mic night, compered by the incomparable John Savage. This month we’re starting at 8pm and we’d welcome poems and stories on the theme of love. But if you’re all cynical Glaswegians like myself and can’t muster much in the way of romance, just bring your poems and stories anyway – to the Scotia Bar in Stockwell Street, Glasgow at 8pm on Monday 14th February.

The Scotia is returning to its history and is offering a new short story competition. The first heat is on Wednesday 23rd February so let us know now whether you want to enter. Your story should be no more than 2000 words and you should be able to perform it in no more than 15 minutes. First prize is £150, second is £100 and third is £50. Even better than that, the finalists’ stories will be published in an anthology. Have a look at the Scotia’s website – – or simply email us to let us know you want to enter and we’ll assign you a heat. (Mary Rafferty’s email is

Next month, March, we’ll be reverting to our 8.30pm start time because the open mic is preceded by a new event, the Tenner Slam. Look for straight poetry – no introductions, no pleas for understanding, no charming the audience. And straight judging – no conferring, no dickering behind closed doors, just instant judgements and no hiding place. The prize? A nice crisp tenner. Or ten quid in greasy oncers, depending on what the judges have in their pockets.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

All best,


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