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If you are aged between 11 and 19 and interested in history and writing, the Young Walter Scott Price is ready to take you on an adventure!  

The Young Walter Scott Prize 2021 is now accepting entries and closes on  1st November 2021

Entries are judged in two categories – 11-15 years and 16-19 years, and they’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!    Stories must be between 800 and 2,000 words.

This competition only accepts handwritten work on hard copy/paper copy for submissions. They do not accept submissions electronically.

Therefore, if you would like to enter this competition, please email Ms Johnson:, to obtain an application form to enter.

The Prize
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 (Covid-19 permitting). All the winning stories are published in a special YWSP anthology.

Best of luck and we look forward to reading your entries!



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