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 The writing must be previously unpublished and can be in any variety of English or Scots or a combination of both.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 Rules

Submission of Entries

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
King’s College
Aberdeen
AB24 3UB