We are happy to announce that Suzanne O’Brien is the winner of the Young Writers Award at Fringe 2022.

The Young Writers Award was set up in 2018 to encourage the next generation of arts writers at the Fringe. Any writers aged 16–21 were eligible to take part, submitting work either published or unpublished. 

As recipient of the award, Suzanne will receive one-to-one mentoring from arts writers at the Scotsman and paid work as part of the paper’s review team at Fringe 2023.

Suzanne said: "I am beyond delighted to be recognised with the Fringe Young Writers Award 2022, and to receive mentoring from The Scotsman team. I feel as a young person it is incredibly important for young voices to be out there, seen and heard​,​ which is exactly what this award champions and supports.​​"

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: 

“We were delighted to support the return of the Young Fringe Writers’ Award this August. Fringe reviews are critical for our artists and venues, and this award gives us the opportunity to support and encourage young and emerging writers. Our many congratulations to Suzanne on receiving the 2022 award and we look forward to following her future career. Our thanks also to the Scotsman team for their package of support to Suzanne over the coming months.”