The Scottish Teenage Book Prize Competitions

To make the STBP even more exciting, we invited students to participate in three competitions. They could enter to win a panel event with the three shortlisted authors at their school, create a book trailer, or adapt a scene from one of the shortlisted books into a comic strip. We received dozens of amazing entries from all across Scotland. Check below to see who won!

Book Trailer Competition

We asked teens taking part in The Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017 to create a book trailer for one of our shortlisted titles. Book trailers are short video adverts that aim to entice the viewer to pick up a particular book. To learn more, check out our video lessons, activity pack and winning book trailers from last year.

Drumroll please…

The winners are… The team from St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire: Cody, Amy, Mirrin and Ava.

The pupils involved in creating the winning trailer each received a Waterstones voucher as a prize, plus a £250 Waterstones voucher to help top up the school library!

Take a look at their trailer for Claire McFall’s Black Cairn Point.




And don't miss the Highly Commended trailers either!

Eilidh Angus, Nicole Watt, Connor Muir from Elgin Academy, Moray

Fing Phannich, Jamie Richards, Ibrahim Beg, Daniel Thomson and Aiden Smith from Elgin Academy, Moray

Sarah Poole, Carla Duffy and Shonagh McGee from St Joseph’s Academy, Kilmarnock


Graphic Novel competition

For the first time ever, we asked students to create a comic strip adaptation of a single scene from one of the shortlisted titles.

We were amazed by the quality of the entries we received! Ultimately, though, we had to choose our top three finishers. And they are…

1st Place: Nicole Watt, Elgin Academy

2nd Place: Jaden Green, Forfar Academy

3rd Place: Morven Ross, Elgin Academy

These talented writers and artists will receive Waterstones vouchers worth £25, £15 and £10, respectively.

If you’re interested in having your students try their hands at creating comics, our fantastic resource from graphic novel creators Metaphrog will help guide pupils through each step of the process. For teachers and librarians looking to make the most of using comics in the classroom, this blog series by Adam Murphy will also be a big help.


Panel Event

Lornshill Academy in Clackmannanshire was the lucky recipient of the panel event. The three shortlisted authors met with students, talked about their books and answered questions in a thrilling event that was enjoyed by all!


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