Duo long-listed for national Young Writer title

Two High School of Dundee pupils are in the running for one of the country’s most prestigious student literary titles.

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Georgia Douglas and Will Ramsay have both been long-listed for the Scottish Schools’ Young Writer of the Year Award, an annual contest open to all 15 to 18-year-old pupils in Scotland.

Organised by the Scottish Review, the competition challenges entrants to write a non-fiction piece on a contemporary issue for a serious magazine or newspaper.  

Georgia impressed the judges with her powerful ruminations on the devastating impact of Covid-19, while Will earned his spot on the long-list with his thoughtful examination of Pascal’s Wager, a philosophical argument on the existence or non-existence of God. 

Head of English Mandy Tevendale said, “We are hugely proud of all our young writers and delighted that their skills are being recognised more widely.  Not only do these two pupils demonstrate their ability to write, they also educate, amuse and challenge their readers.” 

Will and Georgia join 19 other pupils on the long-list for the 2020/21 award, with the results set to be announced in a special edition of the Scottish Review – www.scottishreview.net – on Monday 8 March. 

Last year’s winner was High School of Dundee pupil Changshi Tang.