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The Young Walter Scott Prize

Our 2016 winners are announced!

The standard of submissions was extremely high this year, but the judges have finally reached a decision, and are delighted to announce the four winners of the Young Walter Scott Prize 2016!

11-15 Age Group

Winner:  Demelza Mason for Smuggler’s Moon

Runner-up:  Sophia Bassi for Dear Mother

16-19 Age Group

Winner:  Alice Sargent for The Greatest Gift

Runner-up:  Gregory Davison for Marching for the Dream

Congratulations Demelza, Sophia, Alice and Gregory!  And thanks to everyone who entered the Prize in 2016:  the judges were thrilled with the standard of submissions.

The two category winners have been invited by the Duchess of Buccleuch to the Borders Book Festival in June this year, to meet published writers and join in all the fun of the festival, and to receive their Prizes, which include a £500 travel grant, a book token, and a printed anthology of their work.

You can find out more about the winners and their stories on our News page, and we’ll be publishing the stories here in the next few weeks.

The 2017 Prize is about to open!

The 2017 YWSP will open very shortly.   Keep watching this page for details; this year’s rules and an entry form will be posted here.

If you are aged between 11 and 15 and have a story of up to 2,000 words, we’d love to hear from you.  Stories can be inspired by any aspect of the past, and can be set at any time in history – as long as it is a period before you were born, in a world recognisably different from the present.

Imagining History creative writing events

Our director, Alan Caig Wilson, continues his programme of Imagining History creative writing workshops throughout the UK in 2017.  The latest, in March, was a workshop in association with Historic Environment Scotland in Edinburgh’s atmospheric Trinity House of Leith, at which teachers and librarians learnt more about the Prize.

Watch this space for news of forthcoming workshops, where young writers and aspiring historical novelists can spend 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.  Further workshops are planned in East Anglia, Cornwall, the Midlands and southern Scotland during 2017.

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 a close association with the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, the prestigious book  prize awarded at the Borders Book Festival every June.  Previous winners of the Walter Scott Prize have included Hilary Mantel, Sebastian Barry, Andrea Levy, Robert Harris, John Spurling and Simon Mawer.

Through the sponsors of both prizes, The Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, all 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