Scottish Book Trust has announced that applications for the New Writers Awards 2016 are now open, providing a unique opportunity for 11 unpublished writers who live in Scotland to pursue their dream of becoming a published author.

The New Writers Awards are managed by Scottish Book Trust in association with Creative Scotland and each year they provide 11 unpublished writers with financial support to enable them to concentrate on developing their work, as well as professional guidance to help them move towards publication. Writers may only apply for one category, with the exception of short story writers or poets between the ages of 18 – 35 who are additionally eligible for the Callan Gordon Award for New Writers.

Each recipient will receive a £2000 cash award, as well as a tailored package including mentoring from writers and industry professionals, training in public relations, social media and performance and the opportunity to showcase their work to publishers and agents.

Applications for the New Writers Awards are open to Scotland-based writers who have not published a novel, short story or poetry collection and have a strong commitment to developing their writing. The deadline for applications is 5 August 2015 and the recipients will be announced in January 2016.

Caitrin Armstrong, Head of Writer Development at Scottish Book Trust, said:

“Our New Writers Awards attract an incredible quantity and diversity of new writing talent from across the country, and the eventual recipients are those who we believe are Scotland’s literary future. We offer support designed to smooth the path to publication, help them develop creatively and professionally, and prepare them for all the new challenges that come with being a published author.”

Information about the 2016 New Writers Awards can be found at www.scottishbooktrust.com/new-writers-awards