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Young Walter Scott Prize 2019

24 September 2019 Share


The prestigious Young Walter Scott Prize is the UK’s only creative writing prize specifically for budding historical writers.   YWSP judges are looking for an engaging piece of short fiction from writers aged between 11 and 19, which is set in a time before they were born.  Young people have until 31st October 2019 to submit their work.   

 Winners of the YWSP receive a £500 travel grant and a 2-day trip to the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland in June 2020 where they are presented with their prizes and meet a wide array of high-profile published writers, including the winner of the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Both prizes are sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. 

 All shortlisted and highly commended YWSP writers will see their work published in the special YWSP anthology, and runners-up in each age category receive a book token.  Stories of between 800 and 2000 words can now be submitted until the closing date of 31st October 2019.  Entries are judged in two age groups – 11 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years. Any kind of fiction is accepted – prose, poetry, drama, fictional letters or reportage. Full details of how to enter can be found at http://www.walterscottprize.co.uk/young-walter-scott-prize/