The Young Walter Scott Prize
We’re now accepting entries for the 2022 prize, which closes on 31st October 2022. Stories should be between between 800 and 2,000 words, and can be in any form of fiction – prose, poetry, drama, fictional diaries, letters or reportage. The only historical criteria is that they should be set in the past – any time before you were born! The judges are looking for historical relevance and accuracy, originality, a good grasp of language, characterisation and plot – but above all enjoyment in your writing. The full rules and an Entry form can be downloaded here.
Entries are judged in two categories – 11-15 years and 16-19 years. Your story must be submitted in hard copy by post, and accompanied by an Entry form, to the Bowhill address clearly stated at the end of the form. Please note we can’t accept entries by email or in any other digital format, and we’re not able to confirm receipt of postal entries.
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 2022. All the winning stories are published in a special YWSP anthology.
If you need inspiration to start writing your story, go to our YouTube channel where you’ll find a wealth of tips and advice from published writers, as well as previous YWSP winners letting us in on their secrets! You can also find a list of other writing competitions here.
Good luck and we’re really looking forward to reading your stories!