The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has opened submissions for this year’s Allen Wright Award.

The Allen Wright Award was established over twenty years ago to encourage and reward quality writing in arts journalism. 

The award was created by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society in 1998 as a tribute to Allen Wright, the Arts Editor of The Scotsman for thirty years.

Allen Wright was a passionate supporter of the Fringe and a great encourager of young talent. The Fringe First Awards, which he founded, are to this day a major institution and point of highest prestige for its recipients. 

Similarly, the Allen Wright Awards — one of only two official awards handed out by the Fringe Society — honours his ideals and continues his contribution to the festival he loved.

2019 winners

Allen Wright Award - Features

  • Winner - Katie Hawthorne
  • Commendation - Tim Bano
  • Jenni Ajderian
  • Craig Angus
  • Tim Bano
  • Liam Rees

Allen Wright Award - Reviews Shortlist    

  • Winner - Deborah Chu
  • Alexander Wood
  • Katherine Gemmell
  • Becki Crossley
  • Amy Macrae

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has opened submissions for this year’s Fringe Young Writers Award. The Fringe Young Writers Award is one of only two official awards handed out by the Fringe Society and was set up in 2018 to encourage the next generation of arts writers. The award will be given to the writer of the best review of a 2019 Fringe show in the 16-21 age category.  The winner will receive mentoring from arts writers at The Scotsman and paid work as part of the paper’s review team at the 2020 Fringe.

2019 winner

  • Ariane Branigan

Shortlist

  • Solal Bauer
  • Katrina Williams
  • Sasha Abrahams