Scottish Book Trust launches search for Top Young Gaelic Writer

Scottish Book Trust is poised to help a Gaelic teenager move one step closer to their dream of becoming a published author, with the launch of the Young Writers Awards 2014.

The Young Writers Awards offer three awards to people between 14 and 17 who write in English or Scots and a fourth award is available to a person between 14 and 17 writing in Gaelic.

Will Mackie, Writer Development Manager at Scottish Book Trust, said: “Scotland has a vibrant literary scene and these awards offer an amazing opportunity for keen young writers to have their talent nurtured in a unique atmosphere of creativity and encouragement.

“The quality of work submitted in previous years has been outstanding and I look forward to discovering some of the great Scottish writers of tomorrow.”

The recipients of this year’s Young Writers Awards will receive a prize which includes a six month mentoring period with a published writer; a visit to a top London publisher; a Writers Retreat at Moniack Mhor and the chance to meet industry professionals.

Rosemary Ward, Director of Comhairle nan Leabhraichean / The Gaelic Books Council said: “The Gaelic Books Council is delighted to be working in collaboration with the Scottish Book Trust to establish this award for a young Gaelic writer.

“The future of Gaelic literature depends heavily on early engagement with young readers and writers of the language and we hope that the opportunities that this award offers will attract interest from young Gaels across Scotland.

“The Gaelic Books Council already funds two Gaelic prizes on Scottish Book Trust’s annual New Writers Awards and we see the Young Gaelic Writers Award as a natural extension of this partnership.”

Budding authors are invited to submit a piece of creative writing, such as a poem, short story or extract of work, which is no longer than 2,000 words, and a personal statement of 1,000 words explaining why they would benefit from this programme.

The closing date for applications is June 27th.

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Scottish Book Trust is also delighted to announce that an e-book of new writing from the 2013 Young Writer Awardees will be published in May.