New Writers Awards

The New Writers Awards 2015 are now closed for applications.

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The awards are divided into three different categories:

You may only apply for one of these categories. Click the links above for full details and application forms.


The deadline for applications is Friday 5 September (midday)

Applicants must live and work in Scotland. To apply, please read the eligibility criteria carefully, download and complete the relevant application form for your category. Please take a look at our frequently asked questions page for more information. 

In addition to the New Writers Awards, there are also two awards for Gaelic writers. The Gaelic New Writers Awards 2014, in partnership with the Gaelic Books Council, will open for applications in the Autumn.


What are the New Writers Awards?

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 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.


Here’s what some previous recipients had to say about their experiences:  

Katy McAulay:

‘Apply, apply, apply for a New Writers Award. It's the wee bit of freedom the money gives you that enables you to focus on your fiction, the support a mentor can give you, the community of other writers to bounce ideas off, the chance to perform your work at events and festivals. Most of all, it's the power of the belief the Scottish Book Trust staff place in your writing that pushes you upwards. It made such a difference to me.’

Pippa Goldschmidt:

‘I was thrilled when I received a New Writers Award; after years of slogging away it seemed that my work had been recognised and validated from people whose opinions I valued. Since then, it's been so helpful to get advice, support and training from Scottish Book Trust, and even though the award money has long gone, I feel like I'm still part of the SBT's community of writers.’

Kirsty Logan:

‘The New Writers Award is one of the best things in my writing life. It's not just about the mentoring, either – Scottish Book Trust are friends for life. Since the award they've been advising and supporting me all the way: through writing stories for Radio 4, to doing readings in Brussels and Copenhagen, to signing with an agent, to sending out press releases about my first book. I can't thank them enough.’


New Writing Sampler coverTo download the New Writing 2014 E-book

This e-book is available in both Kindle and epub files.

If you use a Kindle, please download the file labelled ‘New Writing Sampler 2014 for Kindle’, then email the downloaded file to your Kindle account.

If you would like to view New Writing on a non-Kindle e-reader (iPad/iPhone, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader and other .epub compatible devices) please download the file labelled ‘New Writing Sampler 2014 for E-reader’.

You can also read New Writing on your computer by opening the 'New Writing Sampler 2014 for E-reader' file with a desktop e-reader. If you need information about how to get set up with a free desktop e-reader, read this article.