The Caledonian Mercury is committed to encouraging open and free debate as part of our mission to revitalise the Scottish media. We celebrate all the voices of Scotland and want to encourage as many people as possible to share their thoughts about our country.
For that reason we are unveiling a scheme to promote and reward new talent.
We are inviting emerging writers (or podcasters or film-makers or photographers) – be they young or old, trained or not – to submit articles on any topic for publication in our new Scottish Voices section.
Every 30 days or so, the author of the most-read will receive a cash prize of £50. They will also receive feedback on how to develop their skills. The competition will then begin again with new entries.
The Caledonian Mercury is committed to independent, intelligent, in-depth, online journalism. What you see is what we can achieve with no investment, no support from advertisers and no subscriptions. It is not a finished product. It is a statement of intent - a crusade to give our country the journalism it deserves.
If you believe in what we’re trying to do, if you believe that the country which gave the world the Enlightenment deserves a vibrant media, then we need your help, your money and your involvement.