Young Shetland Writer Competition
The Young Shetland Writer award is run annually by Shetland Library. There are three categories: age 7 - 9, age 10 - 12 and age 13 - 18. An additional prize for best piece of writing in the Shetland dialect will also be awarded. It is open to all young people in Shetland, and is publicised through schools and the public Library.
Young Shetland Writer 2018
The Awards Ceremony for the Young Shetland Writer Competition took place on Friday 14 September, and this year the event was part of the Big Takeover (2018 -Year of Young People). Over 60 people turned up, and as well as hearing the winning entries read aloud, the audience was treated to a brief talk by author and illustrator Nick Sharratt, some superb poetry by Peter Ratter and an excellent fiddle set from Young Fiddler of the Year Emma Leask.
The theme was Journey.
You can read the winning stories here (PDFs):
Young Shetland Writer 2017: the winners
The theme was Northern Lights
Young Shetland Writer 2016: the winners
The theme was Dreams
Young Shetland Writer 2015: the winners
The theme was Home
Mairianne Jamieson receiving her prize from Morag Nicolson at North Roe Primary School.
Young Shetland Writer 2014: the winners
The theme was Shetland
Young Shetland Writer 2013: the winners
Young Shetland Writer 2012: the winners
Young Shetland Writer 2011: winners
The theme was The Ship
Young Shetland Writer 2010: winners
The theme was The Legends of the Deep
Young Shetland Writer 2009: Winners
The theme was The Story on the Stone, based on the Papil Stone
Young Shetland Writer 2008: Winners
The theme was The Future. The winners are pictured with Morag Nicolson from the Library, judges Jen Hadfield and Mary Blance, and writer Robert Alan Jamieson who presented the prizes.
Young Shetland Writer 2007: Winners
The theme was The Forgotten Room. The winners were all presented with their prizes on the 8 September by children's writer Debi Gliori.
|Age 4–6 winning story by Rona Learmonth|
|Age 7 -9 winning story by Melody Duncan|
|Age 10-12 winning story by Peter Ratter|
|Age 13-15 and Dialect Prize winning story by Caitlin Watt|
|Age 16-18 winning story by Kristal Bain|
Young Shetland Writer 2006: Winners
The theme was Hidden Treasure
|Age 4-6 winning story by Ellie Inkster|
|Age 7-9 and Dialect Prize winning story by Vaila Walterson|
|Age 10-12 winning story by Saibh Finlayson|
|Age 13-15 winning story by Daniel Lawson|
|Age 16-18 winning story by Leanne Clark|