New Writers Awardees 2016

The New Writers Awards are a fantastic opportunity for individuals committed to developing their writing.

Click here to find out more about the awards and previous awardees.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 New Writers Awards. Click on each awardee below to find out more about them.

Iain Bain


Karen Ashe


Greg Whelan


Victoria MacKenzie


Sarah Urwin Jones

Narrative Non-Fiction

Louise Peterkin


Jen Cooper


Rachel Plummer


P. M. Freestone

Children's and Young Adult

Robert McGinty

Children's and Young Adult

Karyn Dougan

Callan Gordon Award


Jane Nicleoid

Sìne NicLeòid | Jane MacLeod





Eòghan Stiùbhart

Eòghan Stiùbhart | Eoghan Stewart





Panel Says...

Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction

Panel: Jess Richards, Lesley McDowell and Will Mackie

It was fantastic to read the variety of different styles and subject matter covered within the large number of submissions this year. We were all in agreement on the exceptionally high standard of the five final awardees. I look forward to hearing how they develop their writing as a result of this incredible opportunity. The judging process was extremely rigorous and the writers who were shortlisted should be also be encouraged and congratulated on their achievement. – Jess Richards


Children’s and YA

Panel: Cat Clarke, Chae Strathie and Lynsey Rogers

As expected, the judging process was pretty tough, but we were delighted to eventually agree on two worthy awardees. From the overall standard of the applications, I think it's safe to say the future of Scottish children's and YA writing is in good hands. – Cat Clarke



Panel: John Glenday, Gerry Cambridge and Jennifer Williams

It is so gratifying to be a part of the panel, reading submissions from new, exciting, dedicated poets and discussing the strengths and vision of their work. Writing of quality thrives in this process and the chosen writers emerge as deserving and ready for the awards. I’m always excited to follow how their careers develop thanks to this scheme. – John Glenday

We were delighted by the quality of the applications and the broad range of exciting work on show.  Choosing the awardees was a challenging but gratifying process, and we believe the poets who have been selected show great promise and will benefit greatly from the development opportunities provided by the New Writers Awards. – Jennifer Williams