The Kelpies Prize for Writing

Enter the Kelpies Prize for Writing 2022 now!

To enter the Kelpies Prize for Writing, you should submit the following using our online entry form.

  1. 1. The first five chapters of a book for children, either fiction or non-fiction,
    OR a whole picture book story
  2. 2. A synopsis or summary of the book
  3. 3. A short piece of writing (1,000–3,000 words) for children that begins with:
    The clock chimed midnight, and [character name] woke…
  4. 4. Some information about you

Read our guidelines for full details of what we’re looking for, and don’t forget to check the terms and conditions.

The deadline for entries is 5pm, 28 February 2022.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

History of the Kelpies Prize

The Kelpies Prize was launched in 2004 to find the best new Scottish writing for children. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, with many of the winners and shortlisters going on to have sparkling writing careers. In 2019, we changed the format of the prize to reflect our new aims of nurturing and developing children’s writers in Scotland, asking entrants to submit a selection of writing samples as opposed to a complete manuscript. In addition, we introduced an all-new prize package including a mentoring programme with our experienced editorial team.

Find out more about our past Kelpies Prize winners.