The Nan Shepherd Prize for Younger Writers
The Nan Shepherd Prize for Younger Writers, organised by the University of Aberdeen, aims to encourage S5 and S6 school pupils in Aberdeenshire to write creatively on the theme of ‘Life and Landscape’
Shepherd was among the first women to graduate from the University of Aberdeen and her experience there inspired her to devote the rest of her life to education and literature. She graduated in 1915 but kept a close relationship with the university throughout her life. It is hoped that her legacy will further inspire young writers on their creative journey.
Entrants are asked to submit either prose (up to 1,300 words) or poetry (up to 50 lines) inspired by the theme of ‘Life and Landscape’. The writing must be previously unpublished and can be in any variety of English or Scots or a combination of both.
- The closing date for submissions is 1 March 2020, though early submission is encouraged.
- Entries will be judged by staff from the University of Aberdeen.
- The winner will receive a cash prize of £250 and two runners-up will receive prizes of £100 each.
- The competition is limited to schools in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Morayshire.
- The competition is open to S5 or S6 pupils; school entrants must be in the named year groups on the competition closing date.
- Entry is free and limited to one entry per pupil.
- Copyright will remain with the author.
- The organisers reserve the right to publish winning and runners-up entries.
Submission of Entries
- Entries by post: Three copies of each entry must be submitted, typed on A4. Entrants must NOT put their names on the entry itself but should attach one single completed entry form (or photocopy) to the three copies. For a posted acknowledgement of receipt, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope marked ‘Receipt’.
- Entries by email: Entries may be sent in pdf format, with entry forms in Word or PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Receipt will be acknowledged by email.
Please send entries clearly marked: ‘Nan Shepherd Prize for Younger Writers’ to:
School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
Room A13, Block A, Taylor Building