The Young Walter Scott Prize is the UK’s only creative writing prize dedicated to historical fiction. If you are aged between 11 and 19, and have a story to tell that is set in the past, this prize is for you.
Shortlist now chosen!
The 2017 Young Walter Scott Prize closed for entries on 31st October 2017, and we’re delighted to say that we have had more than three times the number of entries this year than in 2016. We wanted to congratulate all our entrants – simply completing a story is a fantastic achievement!
It’s been a tough choice, but we have now whittled the entries down to a shortlist of thirty-five, and those entrants have been notified that they are through to the next stage. Entries are judged in two categories – 11 to 15 yrs and 16 to 19 yrs. The four winners and runners-up will be notified and announced later this Spring, when we hope to also be opening our 2018 Prize. Keep watching this page for more news!
The two winners of each category will be offered a travel and research grant to further explore historical places in the UK, and an invitation to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, in June 2018, to receive their prizes. Two runners-up in each category receive a £100 book token, and all four winning stories are published in a special YWSP anthology book.
More details of the shortlist is on our News page, although we are not publishing the names of the thirty-five shortlisted writers and their stories.
To find out all about our 2016 winners and their stories, go here.
Imagining History workshops
The link between the hard facts of history and the creative arc of writing fiction is sometimes hard to make. We run a programme of creative writing workshops that take place in historical places, called Imagining History. In these workshops, groups of young writers, guided by a professional writer, have special access to historic buildings, sites and landscapes, to do some active exploring and writing, and to be introduced to innovative and unexpected ways of finding the stories lurking there.
The YWSP is building partnerships with organisations such as the National Trust, Historic Environment Scotland, Young Norfolk Arts Trust and the Heritage Education Trust to create unique access-all-areas opportunities for young writers, all over the country. We are also developing events for teachers and librarians.
In 2017, YWSP’s director Alan Caig Wilson ran Imagining History events in Edinburgh, the Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, the Isle of Man, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk. You can find details of these here. The final workshop in the 2017 series took place at Trinity House of Leith on 27th October. To find out all about it go here.
Alan would love to hear from you if you’re interested in attending or hosting an Imagining History event. Please email him at YWSPrize@outlook.com.