New Writers Awards 2019 Category: Children’s and Young Adult Fiction in English and Scots

There are two awards for the Children's and Young Adult Fiction category

Children's and Young Adult fiction is defined as prose or short stories for which the primary audience is under the age of 18. We are interested in a wide range of writing, including for picture books, middle grade novels, YA novels and more.

For applicants submitting a picture book manuscript: The panel can only consider your writing and any supplementary illustrations cannot be attached to this form. If you have any queries about this please contact

You can submit writing in both Scots and English in this category, as well as submissions that use a combination of both languages. 

Please click here to read the eligibility criteria carefully.


Your application should include:

You will apply via Submittable (after completing our Equalities and Diversity form) and we strongly suggest writing out your answers on a separate document to save and redraft as needed. 

  • Your personal details.
  • A list of your writing achievements to date. (Word limit: 500 words.)
  • A personal statement telling us how a New Writers Award would benefit your development as a writer. (Word limit: 500 words.)
  • A sample of your writing, such as a short story, several stories or an extract from a longer piece of work. (Word limit: 3,500 words.)
  • If your sample is an extract from a longer work, we also need to  a synopsis. (Word limit: 500 words.)

Apply now (last year's info, provided for information only):


Scottish Book Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us monitor how well we’re doing, you will be asked to fill in a short Equalities and Diversity survey before completing your New Writers Award application form. Your answers will be completely confidential, will be stored anonymously and securely and will not be accessible by the judges. 

The deadline for applications has now passed (4th July) and we'll be in touch with everyone who applied by the end of December.

Application deadline 4 July, 2018

Any questions?

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

Judging panel

Cathy Forde, Debi Gliori and Danny Scott (Scottish Book Trust)