Callan Gordon Award

Applications are now closed.

The Callan Gordon Award has been set up to celebrate the life of Callan Gordon, a young Scottish writer. Callan's family have generously supported the award that will provide one additional place on the New Writers Awards programme. The Callan Gordon Award is open to short story writers and poets between the ages of 18 and 35. 

We are accepting writing in both Scots and English in this category, as well as submissions that use a combination of both languages. 

To apply, please read the eligibility criteria carefully and complete a Fiction and Narrative Non-fiction or Poetry application form.

If you would like to donate to the award, please visit the Gordon Family fundraising page on justgiving. 


How to apply:

  • Complete an application form for the Fiction and Narrative Non-fiction or Poetry category.
  • Confirm you'd like to be considered for the Callan Gordon Award on your form.
  • Please include a writing sample of short fiction or poetry. Guidelines for your sample can be found on the Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction and Poetry category pages.

Please note: Your application will be considered for both a New Writers Award and the Callan Gordon Award, provided you meet the criteria above. You can only receive one award. 


The Judging Panel

To be confirmed. 


Callan Gordon
Callan Gordon (1983-2011)

Tragically Callan took his own life on the morning of the 10th of September 2011. Callan’s life revolved around writing; he was a keen observer of everything around him, using his poems and short stories to understand and communicate the way in which he viewed the world. Callan has left his fingerprints on all our lives and will never be gone from our hearts and our memories. We are glad that his memory will live on in the Callan Gordon Award for New Writers in association with the Scottish Book Trust.  

Iain Gordon talks about Callan: TEDx

Click here to find out more about Callan and his writing