Gaelic New Writers Awards 2014 - Duaisean nan Sgrìobhadairean Ùra 2014

The recipients of the 2014 Gaelic New Writers Awards are:

 Calum MacLeòid Steaphan MacRisnidh


Information about the award 

Funding package

Scottish Book Trust and the Gaelic Books Council will provide a cash award of £2,000 as well as professional development support. This support may take the form of mentoring, professional development training or an advice session with a publisher/agent. There will also be opportunities for Awardees to meet publishers and agents and they will read their work at a showcase event.

The selected New Writers will have three months to begin with to work on their material before meeting with representatives of Scottish Book Trust and the Gaelic Books Council to determine the type of professional development support that will be suitable for them.


Eligibility Criteria

Any writer over the age of 18 may apply providing they fulfil the following criteria:

  • You must not have published a novel, narrative non-fiction book (e.g. biography, memoir or travel writing) or a collection of short stories or poems. However, if all your work has been self-published, published in a pamphlet or as part of an anthology/magazine, you may still apply.
  • You must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to developing your writing.
  • You must live and work in Scotland.

You are not eligible to apply if:

  • You have already received an SAC New Writers Bursary or New Writers Award.
  • You are a writer registered on Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Funding database (storytellers may apply to work on writing if they fulfil the criteria)
  • You are in formal education (accredited school, university, PhD and college courses both part-time and full-time). If you are taking part in summer schools, evening classes or community education classes you may apply. If you accept a place on a formal education course during the awards period you must return the award and withdraw from the programme.


Assessment process

Applications will be assessed by a panel made up of members of the Gaelic Books Council’s Board. In the interest of fairness at the assessment stage, the names of applicants will not be divulged to the panel – applicants will be identified only by their pen-names. Applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision by the end of January 2014.


If you have any questions about this project, please contact:

Mairi MacCuish, Literature and Publishing Officer

Gaelic Books Council

0141 337 6211