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Kelpies Prize 2015 -- Now Open

Have you got a brilliant idea for a children's novel set in Scotland? If you missed out on entering the Kelpies Prize this year, don't worry because you still have plenty of time to submit your entry for next year's prize. The deadline for the 2015 prize is not until 28 Februrary 2015, so get writing and you could see your novel in print in early 2016. Good luck!

Kelpies Prize 2014 -- Now Closed

Thank you to all the authors who submitted their titles for consideration for this year's Kelpies Prize. Our judges are now reading all of the entries and considering which manuscripts will make it onto the shortlist. The shortlisted manuscripts and authors will be announced in July 2014.

Kelpies Prize 2013 Winner Published

Cover image of Alex McCall's Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens

The winner of last year's prize was Alex McCall and his cracking tale of fowl play in Aberdeen, Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens. Alex's book was announced as the winner of the Kelpies Prize 2013 at a packed ceremony at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 22nd August 2013, and was published on 20th February 2014.

The other shortlisted entries were Never Back by Barbara Henderson and The Great Moon Mission by Shona McQuilken.

Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens

Why did the chicken cross the road?

The city of Aberdeen is being terrorised by giant robot chickens who want to peck out every last sign of human resistance. The streets are empty, the adults have vanished -- and those left behind are fighting for survival.

Jesse and his friends are desperate to save their families and stop the feathered fiends. They hatch a master plan... but can a gang of kids REALLY defeat an army of angry robot chickens?

Alex McCall grew up in Aberdeen and is currently studying Filmmaking and Screenwriting at the University of the West of Scotland. He has been published in several poetry and short story anthologies, and he is the winner of the Kelpies Prize 2013. Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens is his first children's book.

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