Shetland Library’s Young Writer competition moves online

Winners of the 2020 Young Writer Competition organised by Shetland Library. Photo: SIC
Winners of the 2020 Young Writer Competition organised by Shetland Library. Photo: SIC

This year’s Young Writer competition attracted almost 250 entries, with the winners announced in schools last week.

Shetland Library launched the Young Writer competition in February with this year’s theme being “The Cave”. Due to lockdown, the competition format was changed with pupils, parents and teachers asked to submit entries by e-mail rather than by post.  By the end of May, 248 entries had been received, with stories and poems coming in from every corner of Shetland.

The winners this year are: Bella Jamieson (7-9 winner), Sonny Isbister (7-9 dialect winner), Mason Welsh (10-12 winner), Ena Priest (10-12 dialect winner), Emma Deyell (13-18 winner) and Barbara Walterson (13-18 dialect winner). The £50 prize money for each of the winners was provided by the Shetland branch of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and local dialect group Shetland ForWirds, with presentations taking place in schools at the end of term.

The competition was judged by a panel of three judges - Mary Blance, Jim Mainland and James Sinclair.  

Morag Nicolson, Young People’s Services Librarian, who organised the competition, said: “It’s been another brilliant year for Young Writer, despite having to do things a little differently.  There was some excellent writing in English and a very high standard of writing in Shetland dialect.  The judges and myself would like to thank all the young writers, as well as parents and teachers for pulling together to make it happen.  It’s good to see that literacy and Shetland dialect are flourishing.”

The winning entries can be read on the Shetland library website at - and also in next month’s New Shetlander literary magazine.


Published: 13th October 2020