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Adventures in

Time Travel

The Young Walter Scott Prize

If you are aged between 11 and 19 and interested in history and writing, the Young Walter Scott Prize is ready to take you on an adventure.  We are the UK’s only creative writing prize specifically for budding historical fiction writers!


The YWSP runs a series of Imagining History workshops in amazing historical sites throughout the UK, where experts guide you in active historical research, and show you how to start putting your ideas down on paper.  You can find out  here how to take part in a workshop near you, or, if you’re a teacher or youth worker, how to host one.


If you have a story of between 800 and 2000 words, set in a time before you were born, you can enter the YWSP. This year’s competition closed on the 31st October 2018, and we’ll be announcing winners at the end of February 2019.  The next Prize will open for entries in late Spring 2019.   Entries are judged in two age groups – 11-15 years and 16-19 years.  Any kind of fiction is accepted – prose, poetry, drama, fictional letters or reportage.  Find out how to enter, and download last year’s rules and entry form here.


You could win a £500 travel grant, an invitation to the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, and a chance to see your own work in print in the YWSP Anthology.  You can read all about our 2017 prize here, and read the two category winners’ stories here.