The Young Walter Scott Prize

     Category:  Multiple Disciplines
     Deadline:  October 31, 2017  (expired!)
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    The Young Walter Scott Prize

    The Young Walter Scott Prize is the UK's only creative writing prize dedicated to historical fiction.

    The Prize is looking for a piece of creative writing between 800 and 2000 words, inspired by any aspect of the past – an actual historical event, place or person. It just has to be set in a time before you were born – a time recognisably different from the present.

    There are two age categories:


    All work should be submitted in English. By creative writing, it is meant prose stories, poetry or drama – and they can be in the form of diaries, letters of reportage. Only one entry per author is permitted.

    There is no entry fee.


    Open to writers aged 11-19 who are full-time residents of the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).


    The winners of each category will be offered a travel and research grant to explore historical places in the UK, and an invitation to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland in 2018 to receive their prizes from the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. Two runners-up will receive a 100 GBP book token.

    All winning stories will be published in an anthology.