The Kelpies Prize for Writing 2024

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he Kelpies Prize for Writing 2024

The Kelpies Prize for Writing: 20th Anniversary

Enter the Kelpies Prize for Writing 2024 now!

To enter the Kelpies Prize for Writing, you must send us the following using our online entry form:

  1. 1. The first five chapters of a book for children, either fiction or non-fiction, OR a whole picture book story
  2. 2. A synopsis or summary of the book
  3. 3. A short piece of writing (1,000–3,000 words) for children that begins with:
    “Suddenly, there was an enormous bang. What on earth was that?”
  4. 4. Some information about you

Read our guidelines for full details of what we’re looking for, and don’t forget to check the terms and conditions.

The deadline for entries is 5pm, Thursday 29 February 2024.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

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Further Information

We know entering a writing competition can be intimidating, so we’ve put together some resources to help you make sure your entry is the best it can possibly be!

Twenty Years of the Kelpies Prize

The Kelpies Prize was launched in 2004 to find the best new Scottish writing for children. Our very first winner, Mike Nicholson, continues to be one of our best-loved authors to this day, and many more of our winners and shortlisters have gone on to have sparkling writing careers.

In 2019, we changed the format of the prize to reflect our new aims of nurturing and developing children’s writers in Scotland, asking entrants to submit a selection of writing samples as opposed to a complete manuscript. In addition, we introduced an all-new prize package including a mentoring programme with our experienced editorial team.

Find out more about our past Kelpies Prize winners.

Cloudlanders by Christopher Mackie






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