The Allen Wright Award was established nineteen 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 — the only official award handed out by the Fringe Society — honours his ideals and continues his contribution to the festival he loved. 

2017 winners

Reviews Category winner

  • Kate Wyver

Reviews Category shortlist

  • Arusa Qureshi (runner-up)
  • Fergus Morgan
  • Lucy Evans
  • Polly Checkland Harding

Features Category winner

  • Arusa Qureshi

Features Category shortlist

  • Gillian Furmage (runner-up)
  • Lucy Evans