Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Award

Hello Reading Friends!

After taking a little break from blogging and book reviews to focus on writing and planning for 2022, it feels good to be back. I’m happy to report that I aim to continue reviewing, as I love supporting authors in this way and connecting with readers too. However, I’m setting aside author interviews for now, and instead will write articles about creativity, my writing progress, the craft of writing – because I have exciting news to share…

I’m absolutely thrilled to be one of ten authors supported as a Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Awardee for 2022. I can’t quite believe this is true, as it means so much to have my writing recognised in this way.

Trying to look writerly!

As well as connecting with a fantastic group of writers, awardees are offered support in the form of mentoring, social media and presentation training, a week’s writing retreat, the opportunity to read our work to industry professionals, and more…


Writing friends know that I have been novel writing for years, but lacked the confidence to send manuscripts to agents and publishers. Then when the pandemic hit, I found I couldn’t concentrate on long form, so decided to give flash fiction writing a go, with the aim of getting used to writerly rejection! And yes, I’ve had my fair share of rejection, but I was delighted to enjoy successes too – longlisted, shortlisted, publication, wins.

Slowly, my confidence grew and a new goal began to take shape – to create a debut flash fiction collection… And I can’t thank the Scottish Book Trust enough for supporting me in my journey towards this goal.

So, an exciting year lies ahead and I would love if you would join me as I share the highs and lows, and see where this opportunity leads.

The thrill of a blank page…

Before I go, I also want to wish the other awardees Many Congratulations, and can’t wait to get to know them and their writing – it’s going to be fun!

Published by Rae Cowie

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12 thoughts on “Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Award

  1. That really is wonderful news Rae, so well deserved. I’m delighted for you and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you xx


    1. That’s so kind, Dorinda. This writing life has so many ups and downs, but I’m definitely learning to enjoy the special moments when they come. Wishing you loads of special moments with your writing too.


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