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New Writers Awards Showcase 2024

Find out more about our fantastic 2024 New Writers showcase.

Every year, the New Writers Awards spotlights an amazing array of new writing talent in Scotland. Now is your chance to hear the 2023 awardees read from their own work. Our 2024 showcase was hosted by the fabulous Heather Parry(this link will open in a new window) and can be enjoyed below. You can also download a digital version of our sampler for a printed version of their writing.

The New Writers Awards showcase is generously sponsored by Hampden & Co(this link will open in a new window). Hampden & Co provides highly personalised banking for individuals, their families and businesses.

Watch the New Writers Showcase 2024

Watch the livestreamed version of our 2024 New Writers Showcase.

Spotlighting our new writers

The prestigious judging panel had the difficult task of selecting our talented awardees from hundreds of entries.

Our panellists included Janette Ayachi and Nick Makoha on Poetry, Laura Kay, Katalina Watt and Jacob Ross on Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction, Kiran Millwood-Hargrave and Benjamin Dean on Children's and YA, as well as Matthew Fitt and Victoria McNulty on Scots and Tawona Sithole and Hollie McNish on Spoken Word. The Gaelic Books Council selects the Gaelic New Writer Awardee.

Meet our awardees

Discover more about each of our New Writers, including short samples of their writing, below.

Hannah McDonald's headshot'
Hannah McDonald
Callan Gordon Award: Fiction
Alessandra Thom's headshot'
Alessandra Thom
Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction
Dervla Johanna's headshot'
Dervla Johanna
Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction
Craig Aitchison's headshot'
Craig Aitchison
Scots | Poetry
Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacKinnon 's headshot'
Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacKinnon
Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction (Gaelic)
Eloise Birtwhistle's headshot'
Eloise Birtwhistle
Medha Singh's headshot'
Medha Singh
Henry Coles's headshot'
Henry Coles
Children's and YA
Oliver Robertson's headshot'
Oliver Robertson
Spoken Word
Robbie MacLeòid's headshot'
Robbie MacLeòid
Poetry (Gaelic)
Sonali Misra's headshot'
Sonali Misra
Children's and YA

(Header photo credit Kat Gollock)

The New Writers Awards Showcase is sponsored by Hampden & Co. The New Writers Awards is more broadly supported by Creative Scotland, the Russell Trust, the Dr David Summers Trust, Garrick Charitable Trust, Badenoch Trust and the William Grant Foundation.