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Young Walter Scott Prize 2021 opens for entries

23 September 2021 Share

Young writers are encouraged to connect with their inner time traveller

The distinguished Young Walter Scott Prize 2021, a UK-wide historical writing prize for 11-19 year olds, now in its seventh year, is open for entries.  

The prize challenges young people to write a piece of short fiction – stories of between 800-2000 words –  set in a time before they were born. Entries are judged in two age groups (11 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years), and any form of fiction is welcomed – prose, poetry, drama, fictional letters or reportage.  

The two winners receive a £500 travel grant and tickets to the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, in June 2022, where they are presented with their prizes. All winning and highly commended writers see their work published in the special Young Walter Scott Prize anthology. 

Stories can now be submitted until the closing date of 1st November 2021.  

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