Young Writers Awards

Including our new Gaelic Young Writers Award - view this page in Gaelic

Are you aged between 14 and 17 and living in Scotland?

Do you love to write?

The Young Writers Awards 2014/15 are the perfect opportunity for you!

The award will give you the chance to work with a professional writer, helping you improve your writing and learn more about the publishing industry. You'll also be working with other like-minded young writers, helping you build your confidence and skills.

We have three places available to people between 14 and 17 who write in English or Scots. We are delighted to be offering a fourth place to people between 14 and 17 writing in Gaelic.

The awards will include:

  • A writer's retreat at Moniack Mhor, where you'll work with a mentor on your writing, enjoy dedicated writing time and additional workshops with guest writers.
  • One-to-one contact with your mentor.
  • A trip to London where you'll have your final mentoring session and meet with Literary Agents and Publishers.

How to apply

If you’d like to apply for the awards, you will need to complete an application form.

You can download an application form here or at the bottom of the page. If you are submitting an application in Gaelic, you should download a form from here.

As part of your application, you must submit a sample of your writing, which can be prose or poetry. More details about the writing sample can be found on the application form.

If you have any questions about the awards or the application process, please email

Deadline for applications: Friday 27 June.


  • You must be between 14 and 17 at the time of application.
  • You must live in Scotland.
  • You must be able to demonstrate your interest in writing and reading.
  • Entries for the Young Writers Awards should be submitted in English or Scots.
  • Entries for the Gaelic Young Writers Award should be submitted only in Gaelic.

Please send your completed application to Claire Marchant-Collier, Writer Development Co-Ordinator:

Applicants without access to email can send their form by post to:
Claire Marchant-Collier, Writer Development Co-Ordinator, Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, Trunk’s Close, 55 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR.

This information is available in alternative formats, including large print format on request.

The Gaelic Young Writers Award is supported by the Gaelic Books Council.

 The Gaelic Books Council


Find out more about the winners from 2013/2014 

Young Writers at 2012 Conference

Here's what some previous awardees had to say about their experiences:

"I loved being able to develop my writing surrounded by other writers, and it was so nice to be able to meet other young writers like me. Being chosen was a real confidence booster too - thanks SBT!" Chloe Paton

"I can't think of anything I've taken part in that's done more for my self confidence, or for my writing.  The award is an amazing chance to get real feedback on your work, as well as just to talk books and writing with a group of wonderful people." Tabitha Kane