The Kelpies Prize

Kelpies Prize 2019

Are you a writer based in Scotland? Do you have a passion for children’s books and an imagination to match? Then the Kelpies Prize is for you!

We’re looking for emerging writers who are committed to developing their writing craft, their book promotion skills and their profile as a children’s author. The Kelpies Prize is open to anyone who lives or works in Scotland and has stories to tell!

The Prize

We’ve put together a prize package designed to help you grow and develop as a children’s writer, consisting of:

  • A £1,000 cash prize
  • One year of mentoring by an experienced editorial team
  • A publishing contract with Floris Books
  • A week-long writing retreat at Moniack Mhor, plus £100 towards expenses

You’ll find full details of what’s on offer in our Terms & Conditions.

The Kelpies Prize 2019 – Now Open!

This year, the Kelpies Prize is all new! Please make sure you read our Guidelines and Terms & Conditions carefully to get to grips with the new submission criteria.

We’re asking you to submit three pieces of writing which demonstrate your imagination, writing style, and range, along with a short form telling us a little bit about yourself and any skills you have that will help you to build a readership for your writing.

You will find full details of what we need from you, as well as our Terms & Conditions, on the How to Enter page.

How to Enter

History of the Kelpies Prize

The Kelpies Prize was launched in 2005 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. Here are a few of our past Kelpies Prize winners: