Young Writers Awards

We’re delighted to announce our latest crop of Young Writers Awardees:

Charlotte Luke (15) Melissa Thomas (16) Madison Rennie (17)

We’re also delighted to announce this year's Gaelic Young Writers Awardee:

Fionnlagh Cunniffe (17)

Shortlisted applicants

Saskia Robinson
Lauren Ross

"If we could have mentored every applicant, I'd have done it in a heartbeat. It was such a hard decision: so much imagination, so much potential, so many inspired and inspiring young writers. Developing a career as a writer is a slow process, and when you're at the start of the journey it can be hard to see the path ahead. Looking back, I wish I'd enjoyed the journey more, rather than rushing forward, trying to see the destination. So enjoy it, and know that success comes from a little bit of talent and a lot of hard work. Every word you read or write brings you closer to your dream. Keep reading. Keep writing. And remember that the only difference between published and unpublished writers is that the published ones didn't give up."
- Kirsty Logan, Writer & Young Writers Awards Mentor


Young Writers Award Sampler

Young Writers Awards Sampler cover

Download a sampler featuring writing by the Awardees of the Young Writers Awards 2014, Charlotte Luke, Melissa Thomas, Madison Rennie and Fionnlagh Cunniffe.

This e-book is available in Kindle (MOBI), EPUB and PDF files.

If you use a Kindle, please download the file labelled ‘Young Writers Awards 2015 for Kindle’, then email the downloaded file to your Kindle account.

If you would like to view the book a non-Kindle e-reader (iPad/iPhone, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader and other .epub compatible devices) please download the file labelled ‘Young Writers Awards 2015 for E-reader’.

Young Writers Awards 2015 for Kindle (MOBI)

Young Writers Awards 2015 for E-reader (EPUB)



"The Young Writers Awards programme has been extremely beneficial to me, helping me to have more confidence in myself as a writer. A dream that I might like to be a writer when I am older seems more like a goal to me now; I feel more purposeful, and more determined, and, really, that's what I needed most." 
 - Zara

“Ironically enough, I can’t actually put into words how helpful this award has been to me. I definitely think that my writing has improved, and I feel more focussed and inspired than I ever have in my life. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to develop their writing, or learn more about the world of publishing.”
 - Jamie

Find out more about the awardees from 2013 and download an eBook of their writing


Applications for the Young Writers Awards 2014, including our new Gaelic Young Writers Award, are now closed. View this page in Gaelic

Are you aged between 14 and 17 and living in Scotland?

Do you love to write?

The Young Writers Awards 2014 are the perfect opportunity for you!

The award will give you the chance to work with a professional writer, helping you improve your writing and learn more about the publishing industry. You'll also be working with other like-minded young writers, helping you build your confidence and skills.

We have three places available to people between 14 and 17 who write in English or Scots. We are delighted to be offering a fourth place to people between 14 and 17 writing in Gaelic.

The awards will include:

  • A writer's retreat at Moniack Mhor (10-12 October 2014), where you'll work with a mentor on your writing, enjoy dedicated writing time and additional workshops with guest writers.
  • One-to-one contact with your mentor.
  • A trip to London where you'll have your final mentoring session and meet with Literary Agents and Publishers.

This year, the Young Writers Awards will be mentored by Kirsty Logan. Kirsty is an award-winning and widely-published writer of short stories and journalism. Her first collection The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, was published by Salt in 2014. Her second book, The Gracekeepers, will be published by Harvill Secker in Spring 2015. You can find out more about Kirsty on her website.

"It's an honour to help, support and be inspired by the talented writers of the future. I can't wait to get started!"

Kirsty Logan, Young Writers Awards Mentor 2014


  • You must be between 14 and 17 at the time of application.
  • You must live in Scotland.
  • You must be able to demonstrate your interest in writing and reading.
  • Entries for the Young Writers Awards should be submitted in English or Scots.
  • Entries for the Gaelic Young Writers Award should be submitted only in Gaelic.


The Gaelic Young Writers Award is supported by the Gaelic Books Council.

 The Gaelic Books Council


Find out more about the awardees from 2013/2014 and download an eBook of their writing