**NEWSFLASH** BWF Anthology 2021/22

Members are invited to submit work to be considered for this year’s BWF Anthology, by Friday 6th August 2021. For further information click on the Anthologies tab.

BWF Anthology 2019

Need help with your writing? Then ask a fellow member for assistance.

It’s so easy. Just email your request to the BWF secretary at and we’ll ask our forum members.

Whether you’re searching for an illustrator, an editor, a writing buddy or a manuscript critical reader, hopefully a member will have the experience themselves or contact details offering an alternative solution.

Get connected!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

A message from BWF chair Jane Pearn

BWF Corona letter v.2 - Google Docs

Sunday, March 15, 2020

The BWF committee has taken the early decision to postpone this Thursday’s monthly meeting in St Boswells Village Hall. We hope to welcome Rosemary Goring on another date.

The changing impact of the coronavirus pandemic may also affect meetings in April (AGM), May and June. Members will be updated via email, this page and Facebook.


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Today’s Open Mic event in Hawick has been postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus situation.

The BWF committee hopes that this cancellation does not cause inconvenience for those who had planned to attend.

Borders Writers Coast to Countryside Cover


Border Voices: Coast & Countryside was launched in June 2019 at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose.

The anthology is on sale, priced £4.99, at Abbey View Cafe & Bookshop in Jedburgh; The Forest Bookstore in Selkirk; and Guess What? in Galashiels. More retail outlets will be added in due course.

The book will also be available at monthly meetings during the new programme, which begins in September 2019.


A new literary festival, Literally@Newbattle, is being held on April 26 and 27, 2019, at Newbattle Abbey College in Midlothian.

The programme can be viewed and downloaded at the link below.


winner takes all?kicover

At the conclusion of the third annual UK Writers’ Awards, the disappointed intend drowning their sorrows alongside the victorious. That is until Randy Olsson, CEO of the event’s sponsors, concludes his speech with the competition of a lifetime.

Six authors will be nominated to produce manuscripts, but only one can win. As well as the lucrative prize money, Olsson’s company proposes to turn the winning entry into a bestselling book and a blockbuster film, with the victor receiving a guaranteed percentage from each.

In a fair world, untold fame and wealth would follow. But, as Olsson says, ‘The winning manuscript will only be developed as long as the author lives’, a death knell to any fertile imagination. Inevitably, greed takes over, bringing out the worst in some people and dredging up the past in others. Who says writing is a lonely and uneventful profession?

Author Toni Parks* says: “Winner Takes All? is a roller coaster ride that’s steady on the way up, but, once you crest the top, it’s thrills and spills all the way.”

*BWF secretary Tony Parkinson


Do you have a piece of prose or a poem for this year’s anthology, Border Voices on Coast and Countryside? Click on the terms and conditions below.

Anthology 2019 submissions


We’re going up in the world for tomorrow’s (Thursday) monthly meeting at St Boswells Village Hall.

The Lesser Hall, undergoing improvement, is without a carpet, so the Blind Critique session will move to the Upper Hall. The stairs can be accessed through the kitchen or Lesser Hall.

Apologies to those affected by this late change.



Are you a rebel? No? Would you like to meet one? Well, now’s your chance.

Book Week Scotland (November 19-25) is celebrating the writers who tweak the nose of literary convention.

BWF members Tom Murray, Jules Horne and Margaret Skea feature in free (ticketed and unticketed) rebellious events in Kelso, Galashiels and Hawick.

For details and bookings, click on:


Two members tasted success leading into the 2018/19 programme.

Oliver Eade won the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Award for Independent Authors: Fiction for Young Adults for The Kelpie’s Eyes, a fantasy novel involving two sisters standing against dark forces.

Details at:

Oliver also won the Segora International Writing Competition for his one-act play, The Other Cat.

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Margaret Skea, the BWF chair, was runner-up in the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award for Katharina: Deliverance, an historical novel about the wife of religious reformer Martin Luther.

Details at:

Well done, Oliver and Margaret.