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Applying for the New Writers Awards

The New Writers Awards are currently closed. Applications will re-open in the spring.

An annual award supporting emerging writers to develop their craft. For updates on application windows as well as writing tips and opportunities, sign up to our newsletter(this will open in a new window).

Awardees receive:

There are three categories, Fiction and Non-Narrative Fiction (also known as creative non-fiction), Poetry and Children’s and Young Adult Fiction. You can only apply to one category per year.

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. Applications for Gaelic New Writers Awards can be written in English or Gaelic.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed.

There are four awards in Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction, three in Poetry and two in Children’s and Young Adult Fiction. Have any questions or concerns? Email applications@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window).

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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.

A number of our awardees have been published by publishing houses including HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Harvill Secker, Atlantic Books, Vintage Books, Fourth Estate, Tapsalteerie and Sandstone Press. Other writers have won literary awards and prizes including the Manchester Fiction Prize and The Dundee International Book Prize.

View previous awardees