The Walter Scott Prize 2020 for Historical Fiction (€500 Research grant + €100 book token + Publication)

The 2020 Young Walter Scott Prize is open for entries and closes on 31st October, 2020. Entries cannot be received after this date. Entries will be judged in two categories;

  • 11-15 years
  • 16-19 years

Deadline for the Walter Scott Prize

October 31, 2020

Who is eligible for the Walter Scott Prize?

  • Young UK writers
  • Age range is between  11-19
  • There is no entry fee.

What will be accepted for the Walter Scott Prize 2020?

  • Stories with historical relevance and accuracy
  • Originality and a good grasp of language, characterization and plot.
  • Word count of between 800-2,000 words

Works can be in any form;

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Letters
  • Reportage etc.
  • Stories must be set in the past; any time before you were born.

How to apply for The Walter Scott Prize 2020

  • Entries must be submitted in hard copy by post and accompanied by an entry form.
  • Entries by mail or any other digital firm will not be accepted
  • Download the 2020 Entry Form, read the terms and conditions before filing out the form.
  • Send it with your submission to the address at the bottom of the entry form

Awards for the Walter Scott Prize 2020

  • Two category winners receive a €500 travel and research grant for further historic exploration in the UK
  • 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
  • All winning stories will be published in a special YWSP anthology book.

Good Luck!

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