Glenalmond Pupils’ Success in Young Writer Competition

Two pupils from Glenalmond College in Perthshire have been longlisted in the Scottish Young Writer of the Year competition. 

Niall And Honor


The pair - Niall D (17) and Honor R (17) - chose two powerful and engaging subjects for their entries which have caught the judges’ attention.

Honor’s brilliantly-written entry focuses on the power and potential impact of small changes and inspires her readers to push against the “that’s the way the cookie crumbles” mentality which can threaten to stifle positive change.

Niall’s powerful piece embraces the importance and modern-day relevance of the Classics and why studying ancient literature can be hugely influential and offer young people today “a plethora of poignant lessons”. 

The Glenalmond pair are among 21 pupils from schools throughout Scotland to be selected for the next stage of the competition sponsored by the Young Programme charity. 

It was open to pupils in Scottish schools who were between the ages of 15 and 18 on 12 December 2020 and the winners will be announced on 8th March in the Scottish Review.

The work for the competition, sponsored by the Young Programme, had to be non-fiction that of the author alone, unedited by a teacher (or anyone else).

The brief given to pupils is to imagine they were writing a feature or column for an intelligent magazine or serious newspaper.

Victoria Dryden, Glenalmond College English teacher, congratulated the pupils on making the final 21. Their entries were produced as part of the pupils’ involvement in the school’s Aspire Group, targeting competitive university places.

“We are absolutely delighted with the pupils’ success in the competition so far,” said Miss Dryden.

“They produced two highly compelling pieces of writing on two very different subjects and their success is all the more remarkable as the pair combined writing their pieces, with rehearsals for the school play, Epicene.”