The Kelpies Prize for Writing

The Kelpies Prize for Writing 2022 is now closed!

Watch this space and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the shortlist announcement in June.

Entrants to the Kelpies Prize for Writing 2022 were asked to submit:

  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

The judges are now busy assessing all of the entries, ready for the shortlist announcement in June 2022.

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.