YWSP News

2018 YWSP winners announced!

21st February, 2019

We’re thrilled to announce the fourteen young prizewinners of our 2018 creative writing competition. Step forward Jenny O’Gorman from Edinburgh and Joseph Burton from Kent, who take first prize in the two age categories! Jenny’s story Shadow of Hunger, set during the Irish potato famine, was the 11-15 age group winner, and was inspired by a… Read More »

Our 2017 winners’ stories in full

24th May, 2018

We’re delighted to publish the full story by the winner of the 2017 competition’s 11-15 years category, Leonard Belderson.  You can read the winner of the older age group here. All nine winning stories are available in printed form in our special free Anthology, which is available to anyone sending in a self addressed stamped envelope.… Read More »

Our 2017 winners’ stories in full

24th May, 2018

We’re delighted to present in full, the winner of the 2017 competition’s 16-19 years category, by Miranda Barrett.  You can read the winner of the younger category here. All nine winning stories are available in printed form in our special free Anthology, which is available to anyone sending in a self addressed stamped envelope. We hope… Read More »

YWSP winners announced!

23rd May, 2018

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Young Walter Scott Prize! We received more than triple the number of entries for this prize, and so the judges – author Elizabeth Laird, literary agent Kathryn Ross and the director of The Young Walter Scott Prize, Alan Caig Wilson – decided that the quantity and… Read More »

YWSP shortlist now chosen!

26th February, 2018

The 2017 Young Walter Scott Prize closed for entries on 31st October 2017.  We were really impressed by the quality and imaginative flair of your stories, and have learnt a great deal about history in reading them.  Everyone who entered has now had some feedback on their story, which we hope will be useful in their progression… Read More »

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 »