New Writers Awards
What are the New Writers Awards?
Since 2008 the New Writers Awards have been a fantastic opportunity for individuals committed to developing their work as a writer.
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 Press and Public Relations (PR), Performance and the opportunity to showcase work to publishers and agents. The 2012/13 awards also include a week long retreat at Cove Park. The retreat provides time, space and freedom to make new work and to find new ways of working in idyllic surroundings.
New Writing Sampler
We have gathered together work from the 2011/12 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:
“There’s an initial surge of confidence when you receive the New Writer’s Award, and that confidence is important. But really the award is about support. The Scottish Book Trust have maintained constant contact with me over the years. They’ve passed opportunities my way, offered advice when necessary, and gave me a right good kick if I needed it. The New Writer’s Award, to me, has been invaluable.” William Letford
"Winning a New Writers Award gave me access to a whole range of guidance and support. It's played a huge part in my development into a published novelist, and I'd recommend the opportunity to any writer." Roy Gill
“The New Writers Awards are helpful in many ways, not least as a great confidence boost, but the scheme's main strength is that the advice and support on offer is tailored to each individual writer's needs. The £2000 bursary is just the starting point for gaining greater experience, knowledge and confidence through a range of well thought-out opportunities provided by the Scottish Book Trust.” Wayne Price