Young People

Shetland Library Young Writer Competition

Young writers 2022 at Wordplay -  Credit: Dale Smith/Shetland Arts
Some of the winners of the Young Shetland Writer 2022 competition. Awards were presented at Mareel on Wednesday evening - (L to R) Tom Lobban, Maria Robertson, Trudi Balfour, Cora Grant and Tamzin Doull. Credit: Dale Smith/Shetland Arts

The Young Writer award is run annually by Shetland Library.  There are three categories: age 7 - 9, age 10 - 12 and age 13 - 18.  There is an additional prize for the best piece of writing in the Shetland dialect.  It is open to all young people in Shetland, and is publicised through schools and the public library.

The winners of Shetland Library’s Young Writer 2022 competition were announced at Wordplay festival on Wednesday 21 September 2022.

With the theme of Time Traveller, this year’s competition attracted 414 entries from all parts of Shetland.

It was judged by local authors and literature enthusiasts James Sinclair, Jim Mainland, Mary Blance and Sally Huband.

The Educational Institute of Scotland provided £50 prize money for category winners, and local dialect group Shetland ForWirds gifted £50 for the dialect winners.

The winning entries will be published in the New Shetlander magazine and will also be read out on the BBC Radio Shetland programme later in the year.

Anne-Louise Harpé  7 – 9 years Winner 

Cora Grant  7 – 9 years Dialect Winner

Tamzin Doull  10 -12 years Winner 

Tom Lobban 10 – 12 years Dialect Winner

Trudi Balfour  13 – 18 years Winner

Maria Robertson 13 – 18 years Dialect Winner