The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world. With a total value of over £30,000, it is unique for rewarding writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past.
Sponsored by Sir Walter Scott’s distant kinsmen the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the Prize celebrates quality, and innovation of writing in the English language, and is open to books published in the previous year in the UK, Ireland or the Commonwealth. Reflecting the subtitle ‘Sixty Years Since’ of Scott’s most famous work Waverley, the majority of the storyline must have taken place at least 60 years ago.
The Prize was founded in 2010, and is awarded at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, in June every year. The winner receives £25,000 and shortlisted authors each receive £1000.
The 2018 Prize has just closed for entries. For more information and submission forms, see The 2018 Prize page.
The Young Walter Scott Prize
The Young Walter Scott Prize is the UK’s only creative writing prize dedicated to historical fiction. It seeks to connect young people to their world by asking them to investigate their history, their environment and the stories of people. It is named for Sir Walter Scott, who as a young man discovered his inspiration among the hills, people and stories of the Scottish Borders. Alongside the writing prize runs a series of creative writing workshops in inspirational historical venues across the UK, the Imagining History programme.
Stories can be inspired by any aspect of the past – an actual historical event, place or person, and can be set at any time in history – as long as it is a period before its author was born, in a world recognisably different from the present. Stories should be between 800 and 2000 words long.
The 2017 YWSP closed on 31st October 2017 – more news on the judging process soon!
Our Imagining History workshop programme has now finished for 2017. Find out more about it here.