Young People

Shetland Library Young Writer Competition

shetland library young writer poster 2023

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.

Shetland Library invites entries for the Shetland Library Young Writer 2023, for

  • An original poem, written either in English or Shetland dialect
  • An original short story (maximum 750 words), written either in English or Shetland dialect

The theme this year is “The Gift”.

There will be three winning categories, according to your age on 26 May 2023:

  • 7 - 9 years
  • 10 - 12 years
  • 13 - 18 years

An additional prize for the best piece of writing in the Shetland dialect will also be awarded. Prizes will be £50 and a winner’s certificate.

The £50 prizes are kindly sponsored by Shetland ForWirds, The New Shetlander and the Educational Institute of Scotland.

Conditions of entry

  • You must only submit work not previously published or entered in any other competition.
  • Please take a copy before submitting, as entries will not be returned.
  • Please make sure your entry is typed or very clearly written.
  • Although the theme is "The Gift", it would be to your advantage to select an alternative title for your work.
  • Shetland Library reserves the right to use winning entries, for publication or otherwise, at any time.
  • Entrants must be Shetland residents.

Submit your entry to the address below, to arrive no later than Friday 26 May 2023.

Include the following details (on a separate sheet from your piece of writing):

  1. Your name and address
  2. Date of birth / Age on 26.05.23
  3. Your telephone number
  4. Your email address
  5. Your school
  6. The title of your work

Shetland Library Young Writer entry details flyer

Shetland Library Young Writer poster