Contest: A Moment in Scottish History

Scotland has a vast history spanning thousands of years, from the Neolithic village of Skara Brae to the return of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. The story of Scotland is a grand one, with countless pivotal moments marked by bravery, cunning, foresight, desperation, determination, and a deep value for freedom. Simply Scottish celebrates this colorful heritage with our Moment in Scottish History Contest, in association with the BBC.

The PrizeHistory of Scotland USA Version Cover

Our contest winner will receive a DVD copy of the award-winning BBC documentary A History of Scotland, courtesy of BBC Home Entertainment. Ten thought-provoking episodes on 5 discs bring a fresh perspective to Scotland’s past. With stunning, BAFTA winning cinematography and mesmerizing narrative, the series tells of battles and allegiances, political intrigue and religious conflict. The series reveals the fascinating struggles, power brokers, incidents and characters across the years, from William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Sir Walter Scott to the Highland-Lowland rivalry, the Covenanters, the Darien disaster and the tobacco lords. Using the very latest in historical research A History of Scotland is a sweeping and insightful chronicle of an often turbulent, but continuingly fascinating nation.

Winner and finalists will also be featured on an upcoming episode of Simply Scottish!

The Task

To enter the contest and have a shot at winning the DVD series, capture any moment from Scotland’s long and colorful history in 60 words or less. It can be written as poetry or prose. Make your chosen moment come alive with compelling, carefully selected words. Here’s our example:

Her hands bound to a stake in the Solway Firth, Margaret stood firm against the tide. She would not renounce the Covenant. God was head of the church, not any king. The salt water subdued her body, but her spirit was buoyant. “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked…”

This moment in Scottish history belongs to Margaret Wilson, a teenager who was executed on May 11th, 1685, for refusing to swear an oath declaring James VII head of the church. Despite a reprieve granted to her by the Scottish Privy Council, Margaret and an elderly friend were killed by Major Windram and other agents of the government. During this turbulent time in Scotland’s history, thousands of protestant Christians known as covenanters rebelled against the Catholic king in an attempt to defend their beliefs and suffered great persecution.

Your chosen moment can be one marked by sadness or jubilation, success or failure. Ready? Enter the contest here. Good luck!

The Rules

The Moment in Scottish History contest begins at midnight PST on Friday, April 19th, 2013, and ends midnight PST on Friday, May 10th, 2013. Entries will be judged for creativity, clarity, and historical accuracy. Winner will be announced on or around May 10th, 2013. Winner and finalists will be featured on an upcoming episode of Simply Scottish. Enter the contest now!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Received this link via Scotland’s People email today the 9th May… competition ends tomorrow the 10th… Come on Scotland’s People get a grip!!!!!

    1. Andrew says:

      Thanks for your comment. One day’s notice is better than no days notice!

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