New Writers Awardees 2018

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 2018 New Writers Awards, the 2018 Gaelic New Writers Awards and the 2018 Next Chapter Award.

 

Mary Fitzpatrick profile

Samantha Clark

Narrative Non-Fiction

Beth Cochrane

Fiction

Mary Fitzpatrick

Fiction

Nadine Aisha Jassat

Fiction

Eilidh McCabe
Rhona Warwick Patterson
Aileen Ballantyne
Duncan Stewart Muir portrait

Eilidh McCabe

Fiction

Rhona Warwick

Poetry

Aileen Ballantyne

Poetry

Duncan Stewart Muir

Poetry

A.E. Daly portrait
Fiona McKeracher portrait
Sasha Thanisch profile
Alistair Paul profile

A.E. Daly

Children's and Young Adult

Fiona McKeracher

Children's and Young Adult

Sasha Thanisch

Callan Gordon Award

Alistair Paul

Gaelic

 
Ryan O'Connor
   

Gaelic

 

Ryan O'Connor

Next Chapter

   

 

Panel Says...

Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction

Panel: Chitra Ramaswamy, Kevin McNeil, Lynsey Rogers, Philippa Cochrane

I was hugely impressed by the overall quality of the applications to the New Writers Awards. It made the panel’s final decision extremely difficult and made for some fascinating and thought-provoking discussions. What really struck me was the wide range of voices, styles and subject matters. It shows a real breadth of talent amongst the writing community in Scotland. - Chitra Ramaswamy

 

Poetry

Panel: Cheryl Follon, Peter Mackay, Asif Khan

Choosing the three award winners for the NWA poetry section wasn’t easy: the quality across the board was very high, and settling on the final three took a lot of (jovial) debate and discussion – and re-reading, advocating and acquiescing. As ever there were delightful surprises, voices that grew on you the longer you spent with them, unique and challenging ways of looking at the world, and a couple of poems that will stay with me for years (and not, by any means, just by the award-winners). As an islander, I’d been keen on seeing even greater diversity of voices, dialects and outlooks – more poems from Ulva! – but I’m very pleased that we could help support such talented and deserving poets as the three we ultimately chose. - Peter Mackay

 

Children's and Young Adults' Fiction

Panel: Matthew Fitt, Julie Bertagna, Niall Walker

Faced wi this hairst o new scrievin, this wappinshaw o talent, the panel read, talked, argied and finally cam tae agreement but the quality o submissions wis that high for a lang time we couldnae pit a paper atween them. - Matthew Fitt