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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.  Our 2018 summer workshops programme is now out – 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. We are now open for entries, and the closing date is 31st October 2018.  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 our 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.  We have just announced the winners of our 2017 prize – read all about it here, and read the two category winners’ stories here!