New Writers Awards 2016
The New Writers Awards 2016 are now open for applications
The New Writers Awards are a fantastic opportunity for individuals committed to developing their writing.
Awardees receive a £2,000 cash award, allowing them to focus on their work, as well as a tailored professional development package which can include mentoring from writers and industry professionals, training in PR, performance and presentation training, and the opportunity to showcase work to publishers and agents. The awards also include a week-long retreat at Cove Park. The retreat provides time, space and the freedom to create new work in idyllic surroundings.
Writers over the age of 18 can apply for one category, provided they meet the eligibility criteria. There is no upper age limit to apply.
The awards are divided into three different categories. Click on a category for further information:
- Fiction and Narrative Non-fiction in English and Scots
- Poetry in English and Scots
- Children’s and Young Adult Fiction in English and Scots
The Callan Gordon Award
The Callan Gordon Award provides an additional space on the programme for a short story writer or poet between the ages of 18 and 35. Click here to learn more about the award.
How to apply
- Please read our eligibility criteria carefully.
- Choose the category above which best represents your work. Please note that we cannot tell you which category to apply for.
- Follow the application instructions on the category page.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 5 August 2015 (midday). Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
Here's what previous awardees had to say about their experiences on the programme:
‘Receiving a New Writers Award was a hugely important step towards the completion of my first book, Sixty Degrees North. It gave me the confidence to continue, and allowed me the time to get it done. The support of Scottish Book Trust has been invaluable, and I can't recommend them or this award highly enough. Don't hesitate, just apply!’
Malachy Tallack, author of Sixty Degrees North
'The award made me work harder – I knew I was lucky, and so I was determined to make it the most productive year I'd had. It's an amazing opportuity. There is exposure in it, validation, trust, expert training. You are treated as a professional, given all the support you could need, both creatively and practically. Through Scottish Book Trust I read at two festivals and turned a sprawling, impossibly ambitious project into a finished novel. It can be a significant turning point, as it's the perfect setting to push on. I'm so grateful for this help.'
Martin MacInnes, winner of the Manchester Prize for Fiction 2014
'A New Writers Award is so much more than a badge to put on your writing CV. The best thing about the whole experience has been becoming part of a community of writers and booklovers who encourage each other in an unstable and sometimes nerve-wracking industry. The support you receive from Scottish Book Trust - partnering you up with inspiring mentors, championing your work at festivals, being a friendly ear when you need a career chat - goes way beyond the initial award year. And on top of that you get £2,000 and a week at Cove Park – what good reason is there not to apply?'
Lucy Ribchester, author of The Hourglass Factory
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