The 50-Word Fiction Competition

Can you write a story in just 50 words?

Each month we’ll provide a prompt to get you started, but where the story goes from there is entirely up to you.

The competition includes two categories, All-Age and Young Writers (under the age of 18). All stories will be judged by the same panel and both winning stories will be published on our website two weeks after the closing date.

A prize will be awarded to a writer in each category:

Whether you're a seasoned writer or you've always fancied picking up a pen, why not give it a go?

Need some inspiration or tips? Read our 50 Word Fiction blogs, check out Sophie Cooke's 5 Things for Writing A Short Story and read last month's winners.


April's prompt

 Write a story set in a train station.


How to enter

You can submit one entry to either the all-age category or the young writers category. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before entering. 

To submit your story, please complete the form below. You will receive a confirmation message on screen after submitting.

Please note that we no longer send acknowledgement emails and due to the large number of entries, we are not able to offer individual feedback. 

We welcome entries in Scots or Gaelic for both categories. 

Entries for our April competition are now open. The closing date is Sunday 30 April 2017 at midnight.

If you have any questions about the competition, please send them to:


Please note: this box does not limit you to 50 words, so please check your story length before submitting.

March's Winners

All-age category winner by Lyn Fountain:

March prompt campfire
To make a fire Dad's fingers fold,
knot, craft a triumph from the embers
of yesterday's cold racing papers.
Rent books and betting slips make hopeless tapers;
they glitter for a moment,
turn to ash. Mother's face
reflects the blaze like a newly struck penny;
the heat of her shame.

 Young Writers category winning story by Aimee McCall (age 14):

The witches cackled with delight as they tossed a young boys body into a cauldron which was sat upon a campfire.
"He deserved that!" The eldest screeched.
"Yes!" The rest of the witches cried. "A child with a side of cheese... now that he is not stealing it."


Read all the previous winning stories here.