The Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2019 Competitions

If you want to make participating in the Scottish Teenage Book Prize even more exciting, why not enter our competitions?

Graphic Novel Competition

In this competition, we’re asking teenagers to create a comic strip adaptation of a scene from one of the shortlisted titles. There are prizes of Waterstones vouchers for the top three entries!

Last year was only the second time we ran this competition, but we received some amazing entries. We can’t wait to see what pupils come up with this year!

There is no specified maximum or minimum length for entries: what’s important is that the adaptation sticks to one scene only from the chosen title. Our fantastic resource from graphic novel creators Metaphrog will help 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 fantastic help. If you want some inspiration, just check out these winning comics and graphic novel scenes  from last year.

Pupils can enter as individuals or in groups. Comics are often collaborative ventures with an author and illustrator team, and we encourage pupils to create comic scenes in this way if they wish to.

To enter, please send your comic scenes to us by Thursday 7 February 2019 at 5pm. Please make sure that all pupils’ names are included as well as your name and the name of your school. There are two ways to get your comic scenes to us:

  • You can simply post hard copies to us at the following address: Scottish Teenage Book Prize, Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, Trunk’s Close, 55 High Street, Edinburgh, EH11SR. Please make sure each individual entry is stapled so we can easily sort the entries.
  • You can also email scanned copies to us at Again, please make sure that pupil names are clearly visible, as well as your name and the name of the school. We accept all types of image file.

Book Trailer Competition

We are asking teenagers to create a book trailer for one of our shortlisted titles. The winning trailer will be featured on our website, with the pupils involved each receiving a Waterstones voucher and a Waterstones voucher to help top up the school library! Entries are welcome from individual pupils or from groups.

If you haven’t heard of book trailers before, they are basically short video adverts which aim to entice the viewer to pick up a particular book. Unlike Hollywood trailers, no movie stars or sophisticated production is necessary, making this an accessible project for all. Instead you can use photos, quotations from the book, music, video clips and more to intrigue your viewer.

We have video lessons and an activity pack available to help you make your trailers, and if you want some inspiration just check out these winning book trailers from last year.

To enter, please send your trailer to us by Thursday 7 February 2019 at 5pm. Please make sure that all pupils’ names are included as well as your name and the name of your school. There are two ways to get your trailers to us:

  • YouTube: Our preferred option is that you upload your trailers to YouTube and send the link to us at If you want to keep your trailer private, YouTube settings can be altered so you can choose who sees the video.
  • WeTransfer: you can use the free service WeTransfer to send your video files to

Before entering our competitions, please read our terms and conditions for entry.