What's it all about?

Find out how young creatives can join us as we celebrate storytelling. Learn what prizes can be won and how to submit your tales.

Calling all young storytellers, authors, and creators of legends! Join us as we celebrate VisitScotland’s themed year, Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, which looks to highlight stories created in – or inspired by – Scotland. 

Got a story to tell? 

Have you ever wondered what the ancient walls of Historic Scotland sites have witnessed over the centuries and what tales they'd tell if they could? We'd love to hear what you think. The stories can be submitted in English, Scots or Gaelic  

As part of our storytelling prize draw, we are inviting young creatives – between 8 and 12 years of age – to power up their imaginations and submit stories that feature a Historic Scotland castle, cathedral, abbey, palace or other historic site in Scotland. Your tale may be filled with mystery and intrigue or great adventures and epic fairy tales. 

By submitting a story, your tale may be selected to form part of our online exhibition, where we will display showreels of selected written and spoken stories from children from across Scotland. Entrants will be in with a chance of winning from a range of prizes. 

If These Walls Could Talk is brought to you by Historic Environment Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Storytelling Forum 

You have until 5pm, Friday 1 July to submit your story and be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes. Good luck!

How to enter

You can submit one story per category (spoken or written) to enter the prize draw. Submissions must be about a Historic Scotland site or the historic environment in Scotland more generally. They must be written by children (between 8 and 12 years of age) living in Scotland to be eligible.

The stories can be submitted in either English, Scots or Gaelic. Consent from a parent and guardian will be required for each submission. For videos selected for the online exhibition, we will be in touch with parents and guardians via email to request the completion of a consent form.

For spoken entries: submit a video up to 1GB in size. The video of the submitted story must be no longer than 2 minutes in length. The storyteller should be clearly seen and heard in the video.

For written entries: your story should be between 150–300 words, and submitted to us as a PDF, Word document or image (jpeg, jpg or png).

Please read our full Terms and Conditions and Privacy Notice before you enter the prize draw.

The prizes

All children who submit their stories will be in with a chance of winning one of the many fantastic prizes below:  

  • a Historic Scotland family membership for a year
  • a 7-day Historic Scotland family explorer pass
  • a signed set of Cressida Cowell’s 'How To Train Your Dragon' books and a writing kit  
  • two book bundles plus top trumps cards
  • two book bundles and a writing kit
  • a one-hour storytelling session for a school or library close to the storyteller’s home
  • tickets to the October Storytelling Festival for a school class based in the central belt

Our partners

The Scottish Storytelling Forum was founded in 1992 to encourage and support the telling and sharing of stories amongst all age groups and all sectors of society, particularly those who, for reasons of poverty or disability, are sometimes excluded from artistic experiences.

The Scottish Book Trust are a national charity that believes books, reading and writing have the power to change lives. A love of reading inspires creativity, improves employment opportunities, mental health and wellbeing and is one of the most effective ways to help break the poverty cycle.

Get inspiration for our prize draw

To get some inspiration for our prize draw, explore our ‘Inspire by the Past’ resources and activities. Listen in to tales from storytellers Mara Menzies and Gauri Raje, and let the words of Maisie Chan draw you into the world of Mary Queen of Scots. Enjoy trying out new ways of creating stories with family and friends, sharing stories through art, and writing your very own tall tales.