Creative writing competition: The Kelpies Prize for Writing 2024


27 October 2023
This year's competition is the 20th anniversary of the contest for new children’s writing accessible to children living in Scotland

The winner will receive £500, nine months of mentoring, and consideration for a publishing contract with Floris Books.

Entries may be fiction or non-fiction, and should be either a picture book aimed a readers between 3 and 6, an early-reader chapter book for 6-8 year olds, a novel for 8-11 year olds or 11/13 year olds, or a non-fiction book for any of those age groups.

To submit, send either the first five chapters or the entire picture book, a one-page synopsis or summary of the book, and a short piece of writing for children between 1,000 and 3,000 words that begins: 'Suddenly there was an enormous bang. What on earth was that?'

To be eligible to submit, writers must be based in Scotland.

Entry is free. Each writer may submit only one entry.

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The closing date is 29 February 2024.

For full details see the website.


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