Callan Gordon Award

The Callan Gordon Award has been set up to celebrate the life of Callan Gordon, a young Scottish writer. Callan's family have generously supported the award that will provide one additional place on the New Writers Awards programme. The Callan Gordon Award is open to short story writers and poets between the ages of 18 and 35.

If you would like to donate to the award, please visit the Gordon Family fundraising page on justgiving. 


Who can apply?

You can be considered for the Callan Gordon Award if:

  • You're applying for either a Poetry or Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction New Writers Award
  • You're aged between 18 and 35


How do I apply?

Applying for the Callan Gordon Award is very similar to applying for a New Writers Award. You need to:

  • Complete your application form as normal
  • Confirm you'd like to be considered for the Callan Gordon Award on the checkbox
  • Submit the required writing sample for your chosen category

Please note: Your application will be considered for both a New Writers Award and the Callan Gordon Award, provided you meet the criteria above. You can only receive one award.




Callan Gordon
Callan Gordon (1983-2011)

Tragically Callan took his own life on the morning of the 10th of September 2011. Callan’s life revolved around writing; he was a keen observer of everything around him, using his poems and short stories to understand and communicate the way in which he viewed the world. Callan has left his fingerprints on all our lives and will never be gone from our hearts and our memories. We are glad that his memory will live on in the Callan Gordon Award for New Writers in association with the Scottish Book Trust.  

Iain Gordon talks about Callan: TEDx

Click here to find out more about Callan and his writing