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Young Scots Writer o the Year Award 2023 winners

We're delighted to announce the winner of our Young Scots Writer o the Year Award 2023. Read an extract from the winning story and find out the runner ups too.

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We asked for stories, poems, spoken word pieces, comics, videos or other pieces of writing in Scots that were under 2000 words or five minutes. We were delighted by the brilliant entries and are proud to announce our winners below.

First place

Elise Atkins, for short story Billy Barr ’n’ Jonny Jimison’s Day Oot!

Read the winning story

Second place

Liza Solas, for poem The Way Ah Speak.

Highly commended

Cian Kearney, Heather McDonald

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Young Scots Writer o the Year Award (this link will open in a new window)is run in partnership with Hands Up for Trad, Scots Hoose, Education Scotland and Scottish Government.