Creative writing award for historical fiction

The Young Walter Scott Prize, a creative writing prize for young people dedicated to historical fiction, is now open for entries to those aged 11-19 years.

Budding young historical novelists have until 31st October 2017 to enter the creative writing competition, with a chance to win a 500 travel grant and a VIP invitation to a book festival.

A series of Imagining History creative writing workshops will also take place across the UK in June and July, to give young people a chance to immerse themselves in historical places from the point of view of the writer. Details can be found via the web link, below.

The Young Walter Scott Prize writing competition and Imagining History workshops aim to inspire young writers to play with ideas, to explore the cracks between historical facts, and to become the historical novelists of the future. Participants in the creative writing workshops will be encouraged to enter their stories for the prize, now in its third year.

Judges are 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 simply has to be set in a time before the writer was born - a time recognisably different from the present.

Entries will be judged in two categories - 11 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years. The winners of each category win a 500 travel grant to enable them to visit the historic site of their choice anywhere in the UK, and a VIP invitation to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, in June 2018, to receive their prizes.

Two runners-up in each category will receive a book token, and all four winning stories will be published in a special YWSP anthology book.

The Young Walter Scott Prize was set up two years ago by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, and is named after Sir Walter Scott, who as a boy sent to live in the Scottish Borders, set about exploring the countryside and listening to the stories of the people he met there. This inspired him to write, and to later become the most celebrated author of his time.

For full details of workshop bookings and how to enter the prize, please visit:

18/05/2017Creative writing award for historical fiction
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