Young Writers

What's Your Story?

What's Your Story? is Scottish Book Trust's programme for teenage writers and illustrators, featuring a development programme, creative arts convention and online magazine.

We are currently welcoming submissions for StoryMag, an online magazine featuring prose, poetry, art, scripts and performances. The deadline for submissions is 6 October 2019.

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Got the writing bug? Into comics or illustration?

Below are some opportunities you might be interested in.

If there are any other competitions that aren’t listed here that we should know about, please send them to us at teen@scottishbooktrust.com.

 

Current Writing Opportunities 

July

August

October

March 2020

Annual Competitions

Monthly Competitions

Ongoing Opportunities

Writing Groups

Tips

Links

  

July

LEDBURY POETRY COMPETITION

First poem free for under 17s (£1.75 for additional poems), prizes include cash and book tokens for top three poems.

Deadline: Thursday 18 July, 5pm

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BETJEMAN POETRY PRIZE 2019

Free to enter for 10 - 13 year olds. Poems must be on the theme of 'Place'.

Deadline: Wednesday 31 July

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FOYLE YOUNG POET OF THE YEAR 2019

Free to enter for 11 - 17 year olds. Winners receive a range of prizes, from mentoring to a residential Arvon writing course, Poetry Society membership to books.

Deadline: Wednesday 31 July

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August

UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE SINGLE POEM PRIZE

Open to anyone in the UK over the age of 16, send in poems of up to forty-two lines in length.

Deadline: Thursday 1 August

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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October

YOUNG WALTER SCOTT PRIZE OPEN FOR HISTORICAL FICTION

If you are aged between 11 and 19 and interested in history and writing, the Young Walter Scott Prize is ready to take you on an adventure.  Enter your story of between 800 and 2000 words, and you could win a £500 travel grant, a weekend at the Borders Book Festival in 2020, and the chance to see your work in print!

Deadline: Thursday 31 October

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March 2020

THE NAN SHEPHERD PRIZE FOR YOUNG WRITERS

For S5 and S6 pupils in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, inviting creative writing on the theme 'Life and Landscape'.

Deadline: 1 March

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Annual Competitions

The Pushkin Prizes

If you're S1 or S2 you could attend, along with 9 other young writers, a five-day creative writing course at the Arvon Foundation Writers’ Centre near Inverness.

 

Words That Burn

Amnesty International invites students to submit a poem on a different theme about someone who has suffered human rights abuses, one that can be performed in one minute.

 

Monthly Competitions

THE JOHN BYRNE AWARD

The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition and competition exploring personal and societal values, open to 16-30 year olds in Scotland. Creative writing & illustration welcomed. Each month, the best entry is awarded £250. All entries from the year are submitted to the annual John Byrne Award competition where the best entry wins £2,500. All entries are eligible for all prizes and all entries will be considered for posting on the John Byrne Award social media pages.

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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Writing Groups

Edinburgh

Fountainbridge Library Writing Groups, Tuesdays at 4pm: There are two young writers groups which meet on alternate weeks. One is for 10-12 year olds and the other is for teenagers.

Morningside Library Writing Groups, Tuesdays at 4pm: teenage writing group.

 

Highlands

Young Writers Programmes organised by Moniack Mhor.

 

Ongoing Opportunities

ZEALOUS STORIES: POETRY

Tell your story! Zealous Stories is a monthly open call that offers you, our creative community the chance to win a month-long feature of your work across Zealous, plus a host of amazing creative prizes including book vouchers and membership to the Poetry Book Society. Submit one poem under 42 lines for the chance to win.

Deadline: Every month

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Other Opportunities

The National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG) are a group of 14 to 24 years olds from across Scotland who help determine the priorities of youth arts at a regional and national level. The team is currently looking for new members.

Deadline: Monday 15 July, noon

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Other Writing Opportunities

Time to Shine Events

This national platform serves not only as a calendar of upcoming events for children and young people, but also highlights the breadth and depth of local, regional and national youth arts activity happening across Scotland.

You Write On
YouWriteOn's premise is simple: members upload opening chapters or short stories and the YouWriteOn system randomly assigns these to another member to review. 

 

Writing Tips

Book Trust's writing tips for teens

Jonathan Strachan's tips for writing a short story

Writer’s Forum Magazine

 

Book-related websites for young writers

Guardian Teen Books

Reading Rants

Teen Reads

Teens Can Write Too

Young Adult Book Bloggers Directory

Vlogbrothers