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To celebrate your experiences with this year’s Drover’s Tryst activities we would like to invite you to submit a piece of creative writing – prose or poem, no more than 500 words, on the theme of ‘HORIZON’.  We hope this will leaves lots of room for your imagination to roam. You can interpret the theme in any way you like, all we ask is that you include some element of your Drovers’ Tryst 2019 experience.

Entries must be submitted by email to the Drovers’ Tryst at  with “writing competition” in the subject line.

Entries can be included in the body of the mail, or attached using file types: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt

Closing date for entries is Friday 8th November 2019.  The winner will be informed by the end of November.

The competition judge will be novelist and short story writer, Moira McPartlin:

Moira McPartlin was born in the Scottish Borders but was brought up in a Fife mining village. In 2005 she resigned her global role in Shell Oil to write full time.

Moira is a keen hillwalker and mountaineer. She completed her Munros in 2006 and will find any excuse to get out in the hills. She successfully manages to merge her writing with her love of the mountains. She has been the subeditor of The Scottish Mountaineer, a full colour quarterly magazine with a national distribution to members of Mountaineering Scotland and has contributed many articles to the publication. In November 2018 Moira represented Mountaineering Scotland at the Into The Mountain workshop held in Glasgow. An filmed interview with Moira talking about her walking experiences will form part of the Glasgow Women’s Library living archive for their Women in the Landscape project

Moira draws heavily on her walking experiences in both her fiction and non –fiction and uses familiar landscapes to create a genuine sense of place.

Her blog chronicles her travels in her campervan as well as other travel stories.

Moira’s debut novel The Incomers was short listed for The Saltire First Book Award. Her Sun Song Trilogy is a thrilling future fiction tale of survival, family and identity.

She currently lives in Stirling.

The winning submissions will be published on our website and Facebook page


The prize:

  1. A guided glen, hill or mountain walk of the winners choice, for up to 4 people, provided by Wild Walks Scotland on a mutually agreed date.
  2. The prize to be redeemed within 9 months of winner notification.
  3. The walk to be achievable within a day’s drive from Crieff.
  4. Transport to and from the start of the walk is not included, nor is accommodation.
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