New Writers Awards
The New Writers Awards 2014 are now closed for applications. The 2014 recipients will be announced in January 2014.
The awards are divided into four different categories: Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction; Poetry; Scots Fiction and Poetry; and Children’s and Young Adult Fiction. You may only apply for one of these categories.
The Callan Gordon Award is open to short-story writers and poets between 18 and 35. Eligible writers may enter both this award in addition to one of either the Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction or Poetry categories. They will only receive one award.
In addition to the New Writers Awards, there are also two awards for Gaelic writers. The Gaelic New Writers Awards 2014, in partnership with the Gaelic Books Council, will open for applications in October.
What are the New Writers Awards?
The New Writers Awards are a fantastic opportunity for individuals committed to developing their writing.
Awardees receive a £2,000 cash award, allowing them to focus on their work, as well as a tailored package which can include mentoring from writers and industry professionals; training in PR; performance and presentation training; and the opportunity to showcase work to publishers and agents. The awards also include a week-long retreat at Cove Park. The retreat provides time, space and the freedom to create new work in idyllic surroundings.
New Writers Awards 2013
New Writing Sampler
We have gathered together work from the 2012 New Writers in a New Writing Sampler - click here to read it online.
Here’s what some of our previous recipients had to say about their experiences:
‘Apply, apply, apply for a New Writers Award. It's the wee bit of freedom the money gives you that enables you to focus on your fiction, the support a mentor can give you, the community of other writers to bounce ideas off, the chance to perform your work at events and festivals. Most of all, it's the power of the belief the Scottish Book Trust staff place in your writing that pushes you upwards. It made such a difference to me.’
‘I was thrilled when I received a New Writers Award; after years of slogging away it seemed that my work had been recognised and validated from people whose opinions I valued. Since then, it's been so helpful to get advice, support and training from Scottish Book Trust, and even though the award money has long gone, I feel like I'm still part of the SBT's community of writers.’
‘The New Writers Award is one of the best things in my writing life. It's not just about the mentoring, either – Scottish Book Trust are friends for life. Since the award they've been advising and supporting me all the way: through writing stories for Radio 4, to doing readings in Brussels and Copenhagen, to signing with an agent, to sending out press releases about my first book. I can't thank them enough.’
'You can't not love the SBT, who do so much for literature in Scotland. If you too are setting out to make it on the Scottish writing scene, you must try for a New Writers Award. Getting one is life-changing. The highlights for me? My brilliant mentor Gerry Cambridge, the hugely supportive SBT staff - and having my motorbike pushed out of a tight corner in Trunk’s Close by a very nice man, who turned out to be . . . the CEO! My New Writers Award is the best thing that's happened to me since falling in love.'