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Kelpies Prize 2018 – Now Open

Have you got a brilliant idea for a children's novel set in Scotland?

We are currently accepting submissions in two categories: Kelpies (8-11 years) and KelpiesEdge (12-15 years). You can read more about our new submission categories here. The deadline for the 2018 prize is 28 Februrary 2018, so get writing and you could see your novel in print in autumn 2019. Good luck!

Kelpies Prize 2017 Winner Announced

Winner Emily Ilett receives her giant cheque from Chae Strathie

After a record year of entries, we are thrilled to announce the winner of the Kelpies Prize 2017. Huge congratulations to Emily Ilett and her beautiful, lyrical tale of sisterhood, The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow!

Well done to fellow shortlisted authors Kate Bolden and Debbie Cannon.

Emily Ilett and The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow

On the morning of Gail's birthday, her shadow escapes under the kitchen door. Gail's not surprised it's decided to leave. Her dad has left for good and her sister Kay, who has always swum through life with her, is sinking into sadness. Gail is angry: angry that Kay doesn't seem to care any more. Then Gail's anger frightens her sister's shadow away too. Determined to put things right, Gail chases after it. But where there are shadows, there's darkness, and Gail discovers she's not the only one looking for something lost... Gail's love for Kay will be tested to the extreme -- can she retrieve her sister's shadow, and her own?

Originally from North Yorkshire, Emily currently works at Glasgow Women's Library. Emily is no stranger to writing accolades -- she was awarded the Mairi Hedderwick Writing for Children Bursary from Moniack Mhor in 2015 and was Children's Writer in Residence at Wigtown Book Festival the same year.


Kelpies Prize 2016 Winner

Hearty congratulations to Elizabeth Ezra, who won the Kelpies Prize 2016 and her sassy witch story, Ruby McCracken: Tragic Without Magic!

Winner Elizabeth Ezra receives her giant cheque from Jonathan Meres  

More Information About Kelpies

The Kelpies range of quality Scottish books for children everywhere includes books for children aged from 1–14. Visit out DiscoverKelpies website for more information, including classroom resources and activities for teachers and librarians, details of how to book authors for events, trailers, author interviews and much more!

For general information about the Kelpies range of books, visit the main Floris Books website.

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