Young Writers

Got the writing bug? Into comics or illustration?

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're currently taking bookings for StoryCon 2019, taking place in Glasgow on Saturday the 22nd of June.

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


Current Writing Opportunities 


The Edinburgh Robert Louis Stevenson Club and Edinburgh Napier University are inviting young writers to produce a piece of creative writing which draws on the rich and rewarding legacy that Robert Louis Stevenson has left us in his works of fiction, poetry, travel writing and essays. There are three categories: fiction, poetry or reflective writing.

As well as a chance to take part in a fantastic writer’s workshop with Louise Welsh, there are prizes of £100 for the best entry in each category. There is also a special award for the best entry in Scots in any form.

Deadline: Thursday 18 April

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An annual competition open to young people, aged 21 and under, who have completed a short piece of adventure writing in English. 

The award is run in partnership with Worldreader, a charity on a mission to make everyone a reader. Written by young people, for young people to read, and judged by a panel of young readers, they hope the Author of Tomorrow will play its part in improving global literacy levels. There are three age categories, 11 and under, 12-15 and 16-21, and prizes to be won.

Deadline: Friday 31 May

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Founded by the world-renowned BBC Aeronautics Correspondent Reg Turnill and his wife, Margaret, to celebrate the life and works of HG Wells and encourage creative writing, especially among the young. Entry is free if you're 21 or under and you could win publication and £1,000.

Deadline: Monday 8 July

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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.


Monthly Competitions

The John Byrne Award is a competition open to 16-30 year olds in Scotland supporting creative expression. Pick a set of values from their diagram, and craft a creative response to be uploaded to their online library. Creative writing & illustration welcomed. Each month, the best entry wins £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.


Writing Groups


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.



Young Writers Programmes organised by Moniack Mhor.


Ongoing Opportunities


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 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