The Scottish Book Trust (SBT)

Scotland is one of the most beautiful places in the world. In addition to its stunning natural features, Scotland offers a rich literary history that has been supported by organisations set up for this purpose. The Scottish Book Trust (SBT) is one of those organisations.

What Is the Scottish Book Trust?

The Scottish Book Trust (SBT) is a charity that supports writers and illustrators in Scotland. On the 14th of May 1986, the organisation came to be to encourage creativity by providing support for people who write or illustrate books. It does so through its three main activities.

These activities include publishing original writing, developing projects which promote reading and publishing, and supporting the development of writing skills

What is their mission?

The Scottish Book Trust’s mission can be broken down into the following three key points: supporting creativity, promoting reading, and developing writing skills.

Additionally, their publishing activity aims to publish original work by new writers in Scotland and promote established writers in the country.

Writing Resources

The Scottish Book Trust also provides resources for writers. One of them is their online writer’s group, a bursary kitty that offers up to £5000 (as of 2021) to fund Scottish-based writers who need more financial support during the writing process. Plus, their online library of writing resources offers video tutorials on everything from self-publishing to the creative nonfiction craft.


Membership in the Scottish Book Trust is available to all writers who live or work in Scotland. How much does it cost? The group does not charge for membership, but donations are welcomed and appreciated. You can become a member by filling out an application form online at their website or by sending a one-off through the mail.

Are their membership categories? Yes, the Scottish Book Trust offers three levels of membership:

Free membership

This level of membership is available to all writers who live or work in Scotland.

Friend (£100/year)

Those who want to show their continued support for SBT’s mission can choose this category. This lets them attend meetings and work in the library and archives.

Benefactor (£250/year)

Those who would like to make a significant contribution can choose this level of membership. It offers everything that the “Friend” membership does and includes an invitation to attend annual dinners with guest speakers or connections.