The Gaelic Books Council is seeking two unpublished writers to participate in the Gaelic New Writers Awards 2017, it was announced on Literature Day at this year’s Royal National Mod in Stornoway.


The annual Gaelic New Writers Awards development scheme, a collaboration between the Gaelic Books Council and Scottish Book Trust, is now open for applications. Through this programme, two new Gaelic writers will each receive grants of £2,000 and expert advice regarding their work. The Awardees will receive a tailored package which can include mentoring from experienced writers and industry professionals, training in PR and presentation, and a week-long retreat at Cove Park in Argyll.


Now entering the eighth year of this successful partnership, both organisations are keen to hear from writers who have so far kept their talents under wraps but are now ready to bring their work to a wider audience. Previous recipients of Gaelic New Writers Awards include Niall O’Gallagher, Christine Stone and Seonaidh Charity. Another former Awardee, and a writer who has been very successful in National Mod literary competitions over the years, is Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones, who published her debut poetry collection, Crotal Ruadh / Red Lichen (Acair) earlier this year.


The programme is open to Gaelic writers of various genres (fiction, poetry, biography, etc) on condition that they are resident in Scotland, have not previously published a book, and will not be participating in full-time education during 2017.


Further information about the Gaelic New Writers Awards 2017 can be obtained from Mairi MacCuish, Literature and Publishing Officer at the Gaelic Books Council, or from the Gaelic Books Council’s website www.gaelicbooks.org. Applications must be received by 5.00pm on Friday 18th November 2016.


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