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A creative story written by Form V student, Elise Swain, was shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Young Sir Walter Scott’ Prize. Her story ‘Deleterious’ was ‘Highly Commended’ and will feature in a published anthology.

The judges told Elise they were, ‘impressed by the way you touch on the various moral issues surrounding the kind of conflict you describe during ‘The Troubles’…The ending is subtly opaque – but hope springs eternal’.

The Young Sir Walter Scott Prize is the UK’s only creative writing prize specifically for budding historical fiction writers. It serves as a preamble to the adult version of the competition, which honours the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel. The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is one of the most renowned literary prizes in the world. Sponsored by Sir Walter Scott’s distant kinsmen, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the Prize celebrates quality, innovation and longevity of writing in the English language.

Congratulations to Elise for her amazing achievement. Elise’s story is currently being displayed on the Literacy Noticeboard in the English Department.

Details of more writing competitions can also be found on the Literacy Noticeboard.

More information on the Sir Walter Scott Prize can be found here:

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