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The Young Walter Scott Prize

The 2016 YWSP has now closed for entries

The Young Walter Scott Prize closed for entries on 31st October 2016.  The Prize administrators are now busy reviewing all your entries, and will be back with more news in the New Year.

The category winners will receive a travel grant of £500, an invitation to one of the UK’s best book festivals, and see their story published in the annual YWSP anthology.  They also become part of the Walter Scott Prize network – a chance to be connected to one of the UK’s most prestigious fiction prizes.  We’re looking forward to finding our 2016 winners!

Stories can be inspired by any aspect of the past – an actual historical event, place or person. They can be written in prose of any kind – stories, extracts from a longer work, diaries, letters or reportage. The work 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.

Further information can be found by clicking on the How to enter section.  To help with your writing, you can see top tips from published authors, and further details of our Imagining History creative workshop programme, on our Inspirations page.

Get a copy of our winners’ anthology

You can read the winning stories by our 2015 winners Joe Bradley, Rosi Byard-Jones, Iseabail Duncan and Alexander Leggatt, in a special anthology, When In The World?, published to celebrate the first year of the Young Walter Scott prize.

When In The World? is available in print or as a pdf download – go here to get your free copy!

2015 winners announced at Borders Book Festival

The winners of our first ever Young Walter Scott Prize, Joe Bradley and Rosi Byard-Jones, were awarded their prizes at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose in June 2016.  You can read all about our inaugural winners here

Get Imagining!

Our director, Alan Caig Wilson, programmed a series of Imagining History creative workshops throughout June and July 2016.  Young people in East Anglia, Edinburgh and the Borders spent a day with professional writers, story-tellers and experts in creative exploration, discovering how to find the stories that hide in the cracks between historical facts.

Alan is currently working on the next series of Imagining History workshops around the UK in late 2016 and 2017.  Watch this space for more details, and if you’d like to get in touch with Alan about the workshops please email info@youngwalterscottprize.co.uk

Get connected

The Young Walter Scott Prize has links with the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, the prestigious literary prize awarded at the Borders Book Festival every year.  Previous winners of the Walter Scott Prize have included Hilary Mantel, Sebastian Barry, Andrea Levy and Robert Harris.

Through the sponsors of both prizes, The Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, entrants to the Young Walter Scott Prize will have a chance to connect with one of the UK’s most prestigious published book prizes.

If you need any more information, please contact:  info@youngwalterscottprize.co.uk

The Young Walter Scott Prize