Next Chapter Award

The Next Chapter Award is an annual award supporting an emerging writer over the age of 40.

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Applications for the Next Chapter Award are currently open.

Read the eligibility criteria and apply now

Awardees receive:

The award is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, authors of narrative non-fiction and children’s authors.

Entries are invited in English, Scots and a combination of both. The award supports writers who are struggling to find time and space to write and who’re working on a project that has real publishing potential.

Comments from previous awardees

“I was delighted to be selected as the first recipient of the Next Chapter Award. I received lots of incredibly useful, practical support and advice throughout the year, for which I'm very grateful. It was a fantastic experience.” Gail Honeyman, Next Chapter Awardee 2014 and author of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, (HarperCollins).

“Winning the Next Chapter Award 2016 has been a uniquely encouraging development. I have a head full of stories, and I am looking forward to using this gift of time, money and mentorship to get some of them out and into print over the coming year. It feels like a new beginning.” Robert Neil Fraser, Next Chapter Awardee 2016. 

“The validation, exposure, and support given has made me determined to take my writing seriously, and I look forward to a productive year.” Julie Rea, Next Chapter Awardee 2017.