A new children's writing award, Duais Sgrìobhaidh do Chlann ann an Gàidhlig, has just been launched. 

The award, created in partnership by Gaelic publishers Acair Books, Stornoway's An Lanntair arts centre and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Libraries), is aimed at inspiring original Gaelic writing for children and hopes to encourage new authors who may not have thought of writing before.

The award is open to all aspiring writers for children in Scottish Gaelic, wherever they may be. The winner of the 2017 award will be chosen by a panel of independent adjudicators and will be awarded a prize of £500.

In 2017, the judges are looking for a story for children between 5 and 8 years, between 1000 and 2000 words.

The closing date for all submissions is 31 January 2017 and the winners will be announced in March 2017 at an award ceremony at an Lanntair.

For more information about Duais Sgrìobhaidh do Chlann ann an Gàidhlig, please visit www.cne-siar.gov.uk/library or contact Western Isles Libraries at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.