The Young Walter Scott Prize

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The 2020 Young Walter Scott Prize is open for entries, and closes on 31st October 2020 – entries cannot be received after that date.

Entries are judged in two categories – 11-15 years and 16-19 years, and we’re looking for stories with historical relevance and accuracy, originality, a good grasp of language, characterisation and plot – but above all enjoyment in your writing.  The fiction can be in any form – prose, poetry, drama, fictional diaries, letters or reportage.  Stories must be set in the past – any time before you were born!

Entries must be submitted in hard copy by post, and accompanied by an entry form. We can’t accept entries by email or in any other digital format.  Please download our 2020 Entry Form and read the terms and conditions, before filling out the entry form and sending it with your submission to the address at the bottom of the form.

Two category winners receive a £500 travel and research grant to further explore historical places in the UK, and a two-day trip to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland in June 2021(Covid-19 permitting) The runners-up in each category receive a £100 book token, and all the winning stories are published in a special YWSP anthology book.

Find out more about our 2019 winners, Ide and Charlotte, here!



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