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WHAT'S YOUR STORY? DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS!
From now until January 3 2017 we are open for applications from 14-17-year-olds who want to apply for a space on our intensive development programme.
If you care about creative writing and illustration in any form – we’d love to hear from you! It’s free to apply and take part. We have one space on the programme set aside for a teenager working in Gaelic thanks to our friends at The Gaelic Books Council, but you’re welcome to apply whatever language you work in.
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The latest opportunities
DUAIS SGRÌOBHAIDH DO CHLANN ANN AN GÀIDHLIG
Write an original story for children in Gaelic for a chance to win £500. Stories must be previously unpublished, between 1000 and 2000 words and suitable for 5 to 8 year olds. Entrants must be 16 years or older.
Deadline: Tuesday 31 January, 2017
READER’S DIGEST 100 WORD STORY COMPETITION
Now in its seventh year, the Reader’s Digest competition receives thousands of entries from across Britain and it’s an opportunity that no wordsmith will want to miss. The requirements are very simple: each entrant must write a story that is exactly 100 words long (not including the title). It must be original and unpublished but, other than these stipulations, writers can allow their imaginations to run wild when crafting their tiny tale. Each individual can submit as many entries as they like for their chance to win.
In the adults’ category, the winner will receive a whopping £2,000, and two runners-up will each receive £200. There are also categories for 12 - 18 year olds, and Under-12s.
Deadline: Monday 27 February, 2017
SCOTTISH ARTS CLUB SHORT STORY AWARDS
The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide aged over 16 years, published and unpublished. Stories entered for the competition should be 1,500 words or less and can be on any topic.
A team of dedicated readers assists the selection process with Alexander McCall Smith making the final selection of the winner and the runners-up. Eligible entries will also be considered for the new Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing.
Deadline: Friday 31 March, 2017
INSPIRED BY RLS WRITING COMPETITION (S4 - S6)
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. Open to Fourth, Fifth and Sixth year pupils.
Deadline: Tuesday 25 April, 2017
THE GREAT FIRE POETRY CHALLENGE
The Young Poets Network and The Poetry Society are asking young poets to create a new piece of work. Use the inspirational images provided to write a poem that encapsulates London, before, during or after the Great Fire. How will you evoke the sights, smells, and sounds that accompanied the devastation of the city? How could your poem recreate the emotions of somebody caught up in the chaos of the Great Fire? Open to young poets under the age of 25.
Deadline: Sunday 11 December
ORWELL YOUTH PRIZE: IDENTITY
This writing prize is open to young people aged 14 – 18 and while workshops will be being held across the country, you don’t have to attend one to take part! This year, the theme is Identity and the judges are looking for entries up to 1000 words long, in any format e.g. a journalistic report, an essay, a play script, a short story, a poem...
All entrants to the Orwell Youth Prize get the opportunity to receive personalised feedback on a first draft.
Deadline for First Draft: Monday 1 May, 2017
Deadline for Final Draft: Monday 15 May, 2017
"AMAZING ANIMALS, BRILLIANT SCIENCE!" COMPETITION
Do you enjoy drawing, painting or writing? Are you a young person living in Scotland? If so, you may be eligible to enter a new wildlife art and writing competition. Entry is free and pupils in classes P4 to S6 (or home-schooled equivalent) from now until the summer of 2017 are eligible to enter. Winning entries will be used to help illustrate a new book called "Amazing animals, brilliant science!" which will show how DNA technology is being used to help protect Scottish wildlife.
Deadline: Friday 30 June, 2017
THE PITCH: BBC NEWS
This is a chance for young people aged between 11-16 to suggest an idea for a story or report to BBC News - if you've got a great idea programmes like Radio 1's Newsbeat, CBBC Newsround and the Victoria Derbyshire Programme might come and make it with you and put it on the television or on the radio.
Whatever your story idea is they want to hear it - tell them why the subject matters to you and some suggestions about how you would like to tell it to a BBC audience .And don't forget the BBC tells stories in many different ways, including audio diaries, discussions, animation, video reports and short films which we share on their social media platforms.
Scottish Book Trust Young Writers Awards
The awards are currently closed for applications. You can find out more information about them here.
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.
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.
The John Byrne Award is a competition open to 16-19 year olds in Scotland supporting creative expression. Pick a set of values from their diagram, and craft a creative response to be uploaded to their online library. Creative writing & illustration welcomed. Each month, the best entry wins £100. All entries from the year are submitted to the annual John Byrne Award competition where the best entry wins £1000 and three runners-up win £500. All entries are eligible for all prizes and all entries will be considered for posting on the John Byrne Award social media pages.
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 email@example.com
Other Writing Opportunities
Fleur Hitchcock's Story Adventure
Hot Key Books has launched ‘Fleur Hitchcock’s Story Adventure’. This free, interactive writing project is aimed at children aged 7-11 years. 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.
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