Young Writers

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The Edinburgh Robert Louis Stevenson Club and Edinburgh Napier University have for three years collaborated on running a competition which aims to inspire young writers in Scotland by asking them to produce a piece of creative writing which draws on the rich and rewarding legacy that Robert Louis Stevenson has left us in his works of fiction, poetry, travel writing and essays.

Deadline: Monday 25 April 2016

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Gaelic and Scot’s Song writers, Singers and groups are invited to submit a new and original song in either language which will then be considered by an industry panel.

The winning song will be professionally arranged and recorded before being made available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play. Additonally, the winning song will form part of the Scotland Sings – Renewing The Tradition Songbook after having undergone extensive workshop and performance opportunites at the Scotland Sings – Renewing The Tradition workshops in October 2016. For ages 16+

Deadline: Sunday 01 May 2016

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If you are between seven and twelve years old, on 6th May 2016, you are eligible to enter this fabulous competition. Simply send in a story you have written. Stories should be 750 - 1,000 words long. Entries must be approved by parents or guardians. 

One winner will have their story published in an upcoming Jacqueline Wilson novel! They will also receive£100 worth of books, the chance to meet the Dame herself and win a Jacqueline Wilson book bundle for their school.

Deadline: Friday 06 May 2016 at 12:00

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If you love food and writing, why not combine the two in the Guild of Food Writers’ annual Write It competition? Open to entrants aged 11 to 18, the Write It competition invites you to submit a non-fiction feature of around 750 words on any food related subject. It could be as simple as a descriptive piece based on a person or place that inspired an interest in food; a restaurant review; a report on a visit to a food fair, farmers’ market or food shop; or a campaigning article on any aspect of food that interests, excites or frustrates you.

Deadline: Monday 09 May 2016

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Founded in 2006 to mark the centenary of the former Poet Laureate John Betjeman’s birth, the Betjeman Poetry Prize attracts around 3,000 entries per year from across the UK. The competition aims to foster creativity in young people whilst discovering and encouraging the next generation of British poets.

The winning poet receives £1000 (£500 to the individual, £500 to their school/library). Further prizes for the runners up and highly commended entrants.

Deadline: Sunday 31 July 2016

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The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is for poems written by any young poet aged 11-17. Since it began 15 years ago the Award has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices. It is the largest competition of its kind and is free to enter. 

Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges. The winners receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event on National Poetry Day.


DeadlineSunday 31 July 2016

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Scottish Book Trust Young Writers Awards

The awards are currently closed for applications. You can find out more information about them here.


Annual Competitions

The Pushkin Prizes

If you're S1 or S2 you could attend, along with 9 other young writers, a five-day creative writing course at the Arvon Foundation Writers’ Centre near Inverness.


Monthly Competitions

Txt Lit
Write a 160 character microstory on your mobile phone and then text it in. It costs £1 to text a story though, so choose your words very very carefully!
Closing date: The last day of every month.


Writing Groups

Writers Inc. Monday 6-7:30 at Fountainbridge Library (13 - 18 years); Wednesdays 6-7:30 at Central Library (18 - 25 years); Craigmiller Library (13 - 18 years); and Kirkliston/South Queensferry Library (13 - 18 years). Email


Other Writing Opportunities

Fleur Hitchcock's Story Adventure

Hot Key Books has launched ‘Fleur Hitchcock’s Story Adventure’, a free interactive writing project running between 21 January and 13 May 2013 aimed at children aged 7-11 years, to help author Fleur Hitchcock write the sequel to SHRUNK!, The Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week. 

Kids on the Net
Submit your writing and it may go up on the website

Time to Shine Events
This national platform serves not only as a calendar of upcoming events for children and young people, but also highlights the breadth and depth of local, regional and national youth arts activity happening across Scotland.

You Write On
YouWriteOn's premise is simple: members upload opening chapters or short stories and the YouWriteOn system randomly assigns these to another member to review. 

More Writing Opportunities

Scribble: Traverse Theatre

The Scottish Poetry Library

Writer’s Forum Magazine


Writing Tips

Book Trust's writing tips for teens

Hot Key's writing tips

John Green on getting ideas

Jonathan Strachan's tips for writing a short story

Sally Nicholls on writing


Book-related websites for young writers

Booktrust Teenagers

Fiction Folio

Guardian Teen Books

Reading Rants

Teen Reads

Teens Can Write Too

Young Adult Book Bloggers Directory