Find out more about the New Writers Awards 2019

The New Writers Awards are currently closed for applications. The deadline was Wednesday 4 July at noon. We will be in touch with everyone who applied with the result of their application by the end of December 2018. Find out what happens to your application here.


These annual 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
  • Tailored personal development opportunities, which can include mentoring from writers and industry professionals.
  • Training in PR, performance and presentation training
  • The opportunity to showcase work to publishers and agents.
  • A week long retreat offering 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 criteriaThere is no upper age limit to apply. 


Want to apply? Click on a category below to find out more (provided for information only):

The awards are divided into three different categories. Find out more and start the application process below.

Application deadline 4 July, 2018.

If you have any queries about the New Writers Awards, please read our Frequently Asked Questions or email

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Here's what previous awardees had to say about their experiences on the programme:

Malachy Tallack
"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 and The Valley at the Centre of the World





Ciara portrait
"Try, try and try again' to win one of the New Writers awards - whatever age you are. It took me three attempts and I was almost ready to give up. The SBT have been fantastic - opening up channels of support, useful feedback and connection - like the chance to bond with fellow awardees in the magical Moniack Mhor, and the thrill of the big ol' showcase at the end of your term.

SBT's investment  is a motivating and validating.  This is THE prize to win to nurture new writing.  Enter now - you have nothing to lose."

Ciara MacLaverty, author of Past Love in the Museum of Transport




Olga Wojtas portrait
"The SBT is full of the kindest, loveliest, most encouraging people you could ever hope to meet. I’m now a published novelist thanks to them.

The New Writers Award let me buy out my time as a freelance journalist to embark on the project; a week’s writing retreat let me write 22,000 words which inspired me to keep going; and a generous, expert mentor helped me through the editing process. I will never be able to thank the SBT enough for its support."

Olga Wojtas, author of Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar



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