‘see me’ has announced the winners of its first ever Creative Writing Competition. The winners were revealed at a lunchtime awards ceremony at the Apex Hotel, Edinburgh hosted by Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead.


Kris Haddow from Paisley scooped the short story prize, Evelyn Weir from Haddington the poetry prize and Sian Bevan from Edinburgh was triumphant in the Twitter category. All winners were presented with the prize of £250 by the competition judges: children’s author Lari Don, Dundee street poet, Gary Robertson and ‘see me’ campaign director Suzie Vestri presented the prize for the best tweet.


Suzie Vestri, ‘see me’ Campaign Director, says: “The competition theme of ‘support’ highlights the role that friends and family play in helping to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health problems through simply being there.  All the finalists did incredibly well to reach the final stage of the competition and our overall winners should be congratulated on their inspiring and thought provoking entries.”


Kris Haddow says: “I am overwhelmed to have won the short story prize. My short story was inspired by personal experience and I really felt that I had something to say. I normally struggle with words but writing in my own Ayrshire dialect is really important to me and the ‘see me’ competition proved to be the perfect outlet.”


Evelyn Weir comments: “I am delighted to be involved with and support the ‘see me’ campaign. My poem was inspired by my own experience of mental ill-health which I lived with for many years. Essentially my writing is based on truth.”

Sian Bevan adds: “I thoroughly enjoyed the finalists’ lunch and the thing I enjoyed most about the day was meeting the range of different writers who entered the competition and hearing the many different styles of writing and the diversity of entries."


Short Story winner :  Ronnie's Story by Kris Haddow 

Poetry winner:  The Switch by Evelyn Weir 

Tweet winner:  Sian Bevan - She held his hand, elbow, back.  Soon she was carrying him, cradling softly.  He rested, gathered strength, so they swapped again.


Short Story finalists

Unto us a son is given - Henrietta Edwards

The Break - Stephen Barrett

Support me - Kay Smith

Poetry Finalists

The way you are - Elizabeth Sinclair

Untitled - Nicola Mullan

At last the penny droppped - Colin Ferguson

Tweet Finalists

Ailsa Mcfarlane - Knowing that you canhug, or laugh, in 140 characters; or find out if someone's day was bad.  Short.  But better than not knowing.

'manofmanyatoms' - How can the unsupported support?  Should they?

@painting - To see the sea shells I see, looking on the same sea shore.