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The Young Walter Scott Prize 2017
Deadline: Tue 31 Oct 2017
The Young Walter Scott Prize is the UK’s only creative writing prize dedicated to historical fiction. If you are aged between 11 and 19, and have a story to tell that is set in the past, this prize is for you!

The 2017 Young Walter Scott Prize has opened for entries.  We’re looking for a piece of creative writing between 800 and 2000 words, inspired by any aspect of the past – an actual historical event, place or person.  It just has to be set in a time before you were born – a time recognisably different from the present.  By creative writing we mean prose stories, poetry or drama – and they can be in the form of diaries, letters of reportage – whatever inspires you!

Entries will be judged in two categories – 11 to 15 yrs and 16 to 19 yrs.  The winners of each category will be offered a travel and research grant to further explore historical places in the UK, and an invitation to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, in June 2018, to receive their prizes from the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. Two runners-up in each category receive a £100 book token, and all four winning stories are published in a special YWSP anthology book.

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