STBP Competition Winners 2018

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a great opportunity to read three fantastic new books, discuss them and vote for a favourite. You can also get involved in our Scottish Teenage Book Prize competitions which provide rich cross-curricular learning opportunities.

There are two competitions: a book trailer competition and a graphic novel competition. Each year our panels get to see a huge range of creative approaches to both of these competitions, and this year was one of the strongest yet. Check out our winning entries below!

Creating book trailers and graphic novels is a great task for any point of the year, and we really encourage you to find out more about the resources that support these competitions, including a step-by-step guide to creating both a trailer and a comic strip. You can find out more below.

Winners of the Graphic Novel competition

You can download all three comics at the bottom of this page

We were bowled over by the clever storytelling on show this year! If you fancy having a go yourself, check out our How To Write a Comic Book Scene resource, or check out our blog posts on comics from Adam Murphy and Fin Cramb.


1st place - Fiona McCafferty, Elgin Academy

A page from Fiona McCafferty's entry to the graphic novel competition
Our panel loved the way the story was told in this comic strip. The spooky atmosphere of The Haunting of Jessop Rise is superbly conveyed in the artwork; the pace of the scene is well judged; there is clever simplicity in the panels, with one of them just completely black, which works really well; and the way images are framed captures the tension of the scene - look at that pair of eyes at the end! 

If you liked Fiona's comic, we'd recommend checking out the artwork in Catherine Anyango and David Zane Mairowitz's adaptation of Heart of Darkness.

A full-size image of Fiona's comic is available here.


2nd place - Rhys Nelson, Elgin Academy

A page from Rhys Nelson's entry to the graphic novel competition
We really liked the different techniques used in this comic to convey the contrasting moods in the scene. The bird's eye view of the maze in Children of Icarus conveys the excitement of the scene but takes on real menace when we consider how vulnerable it makes the children look. The comic also makes good use of a technique called 'closure', where only a small part of a subject is seen and the reader's mind fills in the rest - check out the panel near the end where the creature's claws can be seen.

A full-size version of Rhys's comic is available here.


3rd place - Daniele Ceponaite, Hazlehead Academy

A page from Daniele Ceponaite's entry to the graphic novel competition
This comic strip shows an action scene from Children of Icarus. We felt this entry showed a lot of confidence in using the format, and especially enjoyed the way that the comic plays around with panel sizes, layouts and boundaries. The depiction of characters using different colour outlines was an effective touch - and each character's dialogue also gets its own colour, which really helped us to follow the narrative. The comic doesn't try to depict too much detail, and again shows a good understanding of what not to show the reader: for example, check out the panels with the three arrows, which make us wonder who or what the intended target is.

A full-size version of Daniele's comic is available here.


Winners and Highly Commended in the Book Trailer competition

The winner of our book trailer competition receives a book token from Waterstones and £250 of books for their school library. If you'd like to give book trailers a try, our series of tutorial videos is a good place to start.


Winner - Ciara Wilkie, St Margaret's Academy

Ciara wrote, filmed and edited this trailer for Elizabeth Laird's Welcome to Nowhere, and our panel felt that every aspect was strong. The script is extremely well judged, with the voiceover and footage each having a complementary role in telling the story. The trailer tells us just enough about the main conflict in the story to draw us in and make us want to find out more. Great stuff!


Highly commended for writing/storytelling - Lauren Brown, Jess Duffy and Kate Kinloch-Anderson, Duncanrig Secondary School

We felt this trailer showed a good grasp of how much plot to reveal, and the choice of images captured the novel's atmosphere really well.


Highly commended for cinematography - Lucy, Millie and Aimee, Elgin Academy

There were some really effective shots chosen to tell the story in this trailer, and some lovely use of cinematography - check out the shot with shadows on the castle wall to suggest the maze monsters!


Highly commended for editing - Megan Inglis, Mia McKechnie and Katrina Cockburn, Inverclyde Academy

We loved the clever editing in this trailer, and found it really effective in illustrating the separation of the two characters: it's a stylish shot, but has a clear purpose and isn't just used to show off!


Highly commended for writing/cinematograpy - Marcelina, Grace and Erin, Elgin Academy

This was a really well structured trailer with some great scene-setting shots.