Next Chapter Award

We are pleased to announce Julie Rea has been announced as the recipient of Scottish Book Trust's Next Chapter Award 2017. Find out more about Julie and read her writing sample. 

Applications for the  Next Chapter Award 2017 are now closed.

The Next Chapter Award supports an emerging writer over the age of 40 yet to publish a full-length work for whom finding time and space to write has proved especially challenging. Developing a specific piece of work to publication standard will be the central aim of the award and applicants must demonstrate genuine potential for publication.

The writer will be offered nine months of mentoring arranged by Scottish Book Trust. Additionally, they will receive a two week retreat to focus on their writing. This will be arranged in March 2017.

The successful writer will also receive a £2000 bursary.

If you have any queries about the Next Chapter Award 2017, please email


Judging panel

We are delighted to confirm that the judging panel for the Next Chapter Award 2017 includes Stewart Conn (poet and playwright) and Karen Campbell (author of Rise and The Twilight Time).

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

Winning the Next Chapter Award 2016 has been a uniquely encouraging development. I have a head full of stories, and I am looking forward to using this gift of time, money and mentorship to get some of them out and into print over the coming year. It feels like a new beginning. Robert Neil Fraser, Next Chapter Awardee 2016. 

“I was delighted to be selected as the first recipient of the Next Chapter Award. I received lots of incredibly useful, practical support and advice throughout the year, for which I'm very grateful. It was a fantastic experience.” Gail Honeyman, Next Chapter Awardee 2014. Gail's debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, will be published by HarperCollins (UK) and Penguin Random House (US) in 2017.