Next Chapter Award: Frequently Asked Questions


Can I submit more than one application?

You can only submit one application for the Next Chapter Award. If you have previously applied for the Next Chapter Award, you are welcome to apply again.  

Can I apply for the Next Chapter Award and a New Writers Award?

You can apply for both awards but you can only accept one award. If you are successful in applying for both, you will be asked to choose which award best suits your circumstances. In terms of your application, you are welcome to submit the same information as a different panel will be looking at these applications. However, we would recommend taking the Next Chapter Award's specific aims and criteria into consideration. 

Can I apply if I am unemployed, a carer or unable to work for health reasons?

Yes, you are welcome to apply for the award and should your application be successful, we’d work with you to ensure you can participate as fully as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about how this works in your circumstances, please email

I’m not a full-time writer. Can I still apply?

You do not need to be a full-time writer to apply for the award. The award has been created to support a writer for whom finding time and space to write has proved especially challenging.

I am a student. Am I eligible to apply for the award?

Students are not eligible for apply for the Next Chapter Award. The award requires you to work intensively on your writing and previous experience has shown that this is not compatible with study. However, you may apply if you are in the process of applying for a course. If you are accepted onto the course you must let us know as soon as possible, with the understanding that this will make you ineligible for an award.

If you are currently a student but will no longer be by the beginning of the award year (ie. January 2019) you may still apply. If your course continues for any reason, you will be ineligible.

Can I apply if I am self-published? (eg. Amazon Kindle) 

If your work has only been self-published you are eligible to apply. If you aren't sure about your specific circumstances, please email

What should I submit for my writing sample? Can I submit a sample from a work in progress?

Scottish Book Trust cannot read or assess your writing prior to application. However, you should submit a piece which best reflects your story and writing style. The sample doesn’t have to come from a completed piece of work and it can also currently be under consideration or published elsewhere (eg. a short story anthology or writing competition). You can submit one long piece or several smaller pieces, so long as the total word/line count for your writing sample meets our guidelines. 

What should I include in the Writing Achievements section?

Although writing achievements can be publication credits or prizes, you can also tell us about the time you’ve dedicated to your writing or steps you’ve taken to learn more about writing – if you consider something a writing achievement, it’s relevant to your application.

If you’d like to ask more about this, please just email We’ll do our best to help. 

What should I include in the ‘About your project’ section?

This section is your chance to tell us briefly about the project you would work on during the award. Please tell us a bit more about the development of the idea and whether you have received any support for it before.

Can I submit more than the word limit?

No. Any additional material will not be considered by the panel. Your application may not be considered if you significantly breach our guidelines. We cannot make exceptions.

Can I get feedback on my writing sample or application?

Due to the high volume of submissions, we are unable to give individual feedback on applications.

When will I get confirmation of my application?

Submittable will display a page confirming your application has been submitted and you will receive an automatic email. Please bear in mind that we will be dealing with a high volume of applications, particularly near the deadline. 

When will the awardee be announced?

We will let all applicants know whether their application has been successful by the end of December 2018, so please don’t email for an update on your application before then. The awardee will be announced on our website in early 2019.


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