Can demonstrate a strong commitment to developing a career in writing
Have work that shows genuine potential for publication
Haven't yet published a novel, narrative non-fiction book (e.g. biography or memoir), a collection of short stories or poems
If your work has been digitally or self-published, has been part of a pamphlet, anthology, magazine or academic journal but not as a standalone publication
Who can’t apply?
You can’t apply if you:
Have received a Scottish Arts Council New Writers Bursary, New Writers Award, Callan Gordon Award or Next Chapter Award
Are currently in receipt of another award from Scottish Book Trust or Creative Scotland
Are currently a student or planning to be in formal education (full or part-time) during the course of the award. You can apply when your course of study is completed.
Are a writer registered on the Live Literature database. Illustrators and Storytellers who are registered on the database may apply to work on writing if they fulfil the criteria above. Performance poets who are registered on the database may not apply for the Poetry category but may apply for other categories
Already have a book publishing deal in place
Want to focus on plays, screenplays or radioplays
Are on staff at Scottish Book Trust
Are on staff at Scottish Poetry Library and want to apply for the poetry category (the other categories are fine)
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.
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