New Writers Awards 2014 Announced
Scottish Book Trust Unveils Recipients of New Writers Awards 2014
A pioneering web developer, a former top advertising executive, two self-published writers and a singer-songwriter who has supported Runrig, King Creosote and Newton Faulkner are among the 11 recipients of this year’s Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards.
The judging panel members, including Scottish authors Doug Johnstone, Jenni Fagan, Jen Hadfield and Keith Gray and Scots Makar Liz Lochhead, reviewed over 300 entries before selecting the final 11.
Each awardee will receive £2000 cash and a tailored package including mentoring from writers and industry professionals, training in public relations, social media and performance and the opportunity to showcase their work to publishers and agents. All recipients will also attend a week long retreat at Cove Park, which will provide them with time and space to work in idyllic surroundings.
The full list of the 2014 New Writers Awardees is as follows:
Fiction & Narrative Non Fiction
Children’s and Young Adult Fiction
Scots Fiction and Poetry
Philip Murnin (fiction)
Ann MacKinnon (poetry)
Callan Gordon Award for New Writers
Commenting on this year’s awardees, Will Mackie, Head of Writer Development at Scottish Book Trust, said:
“We’re thrilled to be supporting these eleven exciting new talents through our New Writers Awards programme. Our support for writers gives them the opportunity to enrich their craft, develop professionally and heighten their awareness of the writing world. We’re very much looking forward to working with this diverse and fascinating group.”
Confirmed recent and forthcoming publications by previous New Writers include The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt, The Rental Heart by Kirsty Logan and Tree Language by Marion McCready. The prestigious 2013 Dundee International Book Prize went to 2009 awardee Nicola White, and Scottish Book Trust New Writers can also be found in the programmes of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Aye Write, Stanza, Margins Book and Music Festival, and Words per Minute, amongst others.
The New Writers Awards are managed by Scottish Book Trust in association with Creative Scotland. Applications are open to Scotland-based writers who have not published a novel, short story or poetry collection and have a strong commitment to developing a career in writing.
Scottish Book Trust is also currently working with the Gaelic Book Council on a project which will support two New Gaelic Writers each year.
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Ann Elizabeth Mackinnon
Complete group of New Writers
New Writing 2015
You can now download the eBook of New Writing 2015 in ePub format here and in .mobi format here.
Scottish Book Trust has created the eBook to showcase the work of our fantastic new writers and their inimitable talents - and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do! We're thrilled to be able to support new writers in Scotland.