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Rhoda Bulter Award 2018

2018 Award to be for a dialect story.

'Da Wadder' is the theme for this year’s Rhoda Bulter Award with folk being asked to submit short stories in the dialect for the annual competition.  The serpentine and silver trophy is presented by the Bulter family to honour the memory of their mother Rhoda, one of Shetland’s most significant dialect writers, equally skilled in poetry and prose, a fine storyteller and entertainer. The family choose a different theme and format each year, and judge the competition.

Speaking on their behalf, John Bulter explained, 'We wanted tae return tae written dialect works, so dis year it’s anidder short story, wi da theme o “Da Wadder”. Da Shetland dialect is rich wi wirds concerned wi da wadder – some o da less common terms is in Maam’s poem “Whit’s on an da Wadder”.  Iverybody is affected by da wadder in some wye an da subject provides boundless opportunity for great yarns. We hiv hed some terrific stories in da past an ir lookin forward ta mair.'

The competition is organised by Shetland ForWirds. Convener Davy Cooper says, 'It's always a delight to be involved wi da Rhoda Bulter Award. Da changin themes and media every year keeps it fresh and excitin, and allows a wide variety o different artists and writers ta tak pairt. Dis year it's da writers' turn and, if past performance is onything ta go by, wir bound ta see some truly interestin stuff.'


Stories have to be written in the Shetland dialect and must be no longer than 2500 words.

Closing date for entries will be 31st August 2018

The winning story will be published in the New Shetlander.

For more information contact or get in touch with Mary Blance on 01595 694104.






For more information and comment – please contact John Bulter on 07747096976 or Mary Blance at 01595 694104 or 07831 817251.

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