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Applying for the New Writers Awards

Applications for the New Writers Awards are now open!

Applications are now open for the 2022 New Writers Awards.

The deadline for all applications is Wednesday 14 July.

The awards are free to apply to, all travel expenses are covered and awardees are chosen by a panel of judges. We have an Access Fund to help support our awardees with any barriers they may face. The programme is flexible and we work closely with awardees to help them participate as fully as possible.

The Awards will run from January 2022January 2023. During the programme, awardees receive:

Entries are invited in English, Scots and a combination of both. There are also two awards for Gaelic writers, run in association with the Gaelic Books Council. There is a separate application form for writers interested in applying for a Gaelic award, visit the Gaelic New Writers Award page.

The New Writers Awards will only go ahead in 2022 if Scottish Book Trust secure the funding required to run the programme. The retreat is also subject to circumstances and dependent on any applicable travel restrictions.

How do I apply?

First, check out our category guidelines for help preparing your submission. There are three categories:

You can only apply to one category per year. 

Submit your application to the relevant category by noon on Wednesday 14 July, 2021.

Apply to Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction

Apply to Poetry

Apply to Children’s and Young Adult Fiction

Who can apply?

You can apply if you:

Who can't apply?

You can't apply if you:

By submitting your application, you're confirming you meet the criteria to the best of your knowledge. Anyone who doesn't meet the criteria will be deemed ineligible and may be asked to return the award or withdraw their application.

Access fund and support

Equality and diversity