Yes, just like it says on the label, I won the first Scotia Short Story competition after taking part in the last of the four heats - which, according to the judges was one of the toughest ones. I read my story "The Cutting Edge of Art" which is a darkly humourous piece about a desperate artist who resorts to "Stalker Art - a creative invasion of privacy" as his next big project and makes someone's life hell in the process. I've read it before at WordDogs (Glasgow's semi-regular spoken word event), and it involves a couple of cheap "special effects" - meaning bits of paper and post-it notes! Ten people made it through to the final, including fellow Read Rawers, Wullie Purcell and George Walker (better known in writing circles as G. W. Colkitto). Wullie got an honourable mention by the judges at the end, as did George who was last to read and left everyone laughing with his tale involving an amorous encounter which also features a home-made sex robot/doll/thing!
The standard of the final was very high on the night, and you never know when it comes to something being judged just what people will like, so I was chuffed, surprised and a little bit shell-shocked to win. The Scotia is one of the oldest and best pubs in Glasgow (in one of the city's oldest streets), and has a long history of being involved with writing and music, so I'm delighted and honoured to win their first short story competition, and have my name on the glass trophy, winners medal, and the cash prize will come in very handy. It was probably just as well that the WIlliams Brothers tasty beer "March of the Penguins" which had been a guest ale during the heat was no longer available on the final night as it does lead to being a little bit tongue-tied!
The Scotia's website can be found at: http://scotiabar.net/