The best competitions for young writers and why you should enter

21st February, 2018

Polishing a piece of creative writing is the best way to make it shine, and writing competitions give you the chance to do exactly this. So why not enter one! The Young Walter Scott Prize, which is open annually from June through October for writers 11 to 19, is just one of a great list… Read More »

Why you should enter the YWSP – from last year’s winners!

24th October, 2017

As the deadline for the 2017 YWSP approaches, we asked last year’s winners Demelza Mason and Alice Sargent to tell us why it’s a great idea to enter the creative writing prize. ‘I think the YWSP is the perfect starting point for any writer who lacks confidence in showing their work to other people, as… Read More »

All aboard for Imagining History!

13th October, 2017

Young writers get the chance to revisit the wonderful Trinity House of Leith with a second Imagining History workshop to be held there on 27th October 2017.  Some places are still available for students aged 16-19 years. The first workshop at Trinity House in September provided inspiration and advice on creative writing to Advanced Higher History… Read More »

Imagining History Summer programme completed

10th August, 2017

The Young Walter Scott Prize runs 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 amazing and inspirational historic buildings, sites and landscapes, to do some active exploring and writing, and to be introduced to… Read More »

2016 winners’ anthology now available!

8th August, 2017

Our anthology of stories by the 2016 winners, Adventures in Time Travel, is now available in print or as a download. Lose yourself in different times and countries, and be inspired to write your own YWSP entry! The book features stories by the two 2016 category winners Demelza Mason and Alice Sargent, and two runners-up Sophia… Read More »

Demelza and Alice honoured at Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival

7th August, 2017

By Lindsey Fraser, administrator of the Young Walter Scott Prize   Every year we invite our two Young Walter Scott Prize-winners to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, and we were delighted to welcome Alice Sargent and Demelza Mason, and their families, in June. They had both travelled quite a distance – Alice from Wales and… Read More »

First YWSP winner writes of her experience

8th June, 2017

Rosi Byard-Jones won the 16-19 year category of the very first Young Walter Scott Prize in 2015.  Exactly a year ago, in June 2016, she travelled to the Borders Book Festival from her home in Reading to receive her prize from the Duchess of Buccleuch, alongside fellow winner Joe Bradley. In a blog post addressing… Read More »

The 2017 YWSP opens for entries as Imagining History workshops begin

6th June, 2017

  The 2017 Young Walter Scott Prize is now open for entries. Budding young historical novelists aged between 11 and 19 have until 31st October 2017 to enter the creative writing competition, with a chance to win a £500 travel grant and a VIP invitation to one of the UK’s best book festivals in 2018.… Read More »

2016 YWSP winners announced!

30th March, 2017

Our judges are delighted to announce the four winners of the Young Walter Scott Prize 2016.  You can read the winners’ stories by clicking on the links below, and all four stories are now available in a printed anthology that is free on request – please contact us using this link if you would like… Read More »

Our first winners’ anthology is published

30th August, 2016

You can now 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. A tin trunk unopened for decades since its return from China, a musical instrument used as… Read More »