The Kelpies Prize for Writing

2020 Winner Announced

Massive congratulations to Jude Reid, the winner of the Kelpies Prize for Writing 2020!

Entrants to this year’s prize were asked to submit three writing samples, including the first five chapters of a children’s book, a synopsis for a different children’s book and a short piece of writing for children starting with the phrase, “[Character name] had a secret that no one must ever discover…”

Read on to find out more about Jude and read a sample of her work, or download the press release.

Jude Reid

Jude Reid is a surgeon living in Glasgow with her two children and a border collie. She enjoys tabletop roleplaying games, is a keen student of ITF Tae Kwon Do and probably drinks more coffee than she should. She does her best writing at night, which is just as well, as that’s the only chance she gets.

The judges enjoyed Jude’s assured and engaging characterisation, involving plot, and perfectly pitched tone for middle grade readers. They were also drawn in by her ability to write both adventure and emotion with equal skill.
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Award Ceremony

The winners were announced at a virtual award ceremony on Thursday 13th May. You can watch the recording here.

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.