New Sceptre prize chooses Scottish talent

<p>The new Sceptre Prize for emerging writers has shortlisted three students for its inaugural prize, which is run by the Hodder &amp; Stoughton imprint and the University of Glasgow to encourage new Scottish novelists.</p><p>Roy Gill, Matt Leavey and Alan Trotter were selected from 12 longlisted writers, who each submitted between 5,000 and 10,000 words of a novel.</p><p>Gill&#39;s submission, <em>Edinburgh Parallel</em>, follows the journey of a 13-year-old boy in a dark adventure story of parallel worlds, ghosts and monsters. Leavey&#39;s entry investigates the public faces and hidden realities of characters connected through <em>The Royal Hotel</em>, and Trotter&#39;s <em>Muscle</em> is a gritty and wry portrayal of a seedy underworld of guns and violence .</p><p>All Masters students from the University of Glasgow&#39;s Edwin Morgan Centre for Creative Writing who achieve distinctions in their final projects were eligible for the &pound;1,500 prize, which will be presented as part of the Aye Write! literary festival in Glasgow on 15th March. </p><p>Bob McDevitt, publisher at Hodder in Scotland, said: &quot;I am delighted with the shortlist in this inaugural year of the Sceptre Prize. My fellow judges and I have found the range and talent displayed in all the entries we have read very encouraging.&quot;</p>