See You in 10 Years

Writing competition

Do you ever wonder where you’ll be in ten years’ time? How about being part of Scotland’s writing future?

We’ve teamed up with author Val McDermid to give you a chance to do just that. We’re looking for a two-part piece of writing – it can be poetry or prose. The first part will be published in a book for Book Week Scotland 2020, and the second half will be put in a time capsule to be opened during Book Week Scotland 2030. No-one will know the ending for ten years – how’s that for keeping your readers in suspense? 

The theme for this competition is See You in 10 Years. We want you to write a piece with that title, but the way you interpret it is totally up to you. How is the world different? What is better? Have some things got worse? Has anything changed for you?

If you’re a Young Scot Member you can earn 700 Rewards points for your writing submission. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page after submitting to get your points code.

What are we looking for?

  • A story or poem of up to 1,000 words, that can be split into two parts
  • You’ll need to tell us where your writing can be split, so please make it clear when you submit where one part ends and the other begins
  • Open to people aged 13-19 at the time of submission
  • The deadline for submitting is Monday 31 August 2020, 12 noon. Book Week Scotland takes place 16-22 November 2020.

What happens if your story is picked?

If you’re selected, not only will you get to see your work published, but you’ll be invited to a special event with Val McDermid at the National Library of Scotland to celebrate. We’ll give you more information if you’re successful.

Please note: Due to the long time frame of this competition, we will need to store personal information about the winners, including their stories, for a duration of ten years.

See You in 10 Years Writing Competition

  • Please type your full name here
  • Please provide an email address we can contact you on here
  • Let us know your age at the time of entering the competition
  • Please copy and paste your competition entry here. Make sure you clearly label where the text can be split in half!