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.

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 and check out Sophie Cooke's 5 Things for Writing A Short Story.

 

September's prompt

 

Write a very short work of historical fiction 

 

Write a very short work of historical fiction

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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.   

We welcome entries in Scots or Gaelic for both categories. 

Entries for our September competition are now open. The closing date is Wednesday 28 September 2016 at midnight. 

Due to the high volume of entries received we are unable to give feedback.

You will receive a confirmation message on screen after submitting. Please note that we no longer send acknowledgement emails.  

If you have any questions about the competition, please send them to: lynsey.may@scottishbooktrust.com

 

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

 

August's Winners

Write a story featuring a mobile phone.

All-age category winning story by Mike Smith:

‘Ah’m on the bus’ he growled into his phone as he squeezed into his seat.
‘Aye, right!’ came the irritated reply. ‘Yer in that boozer again.’
Unexpected support came from several voices on the upper deck. ‘He’s on the bus, missus’
It was then he realised the speaker was on…

 

Young Writers category winning story by Charlotte Chalkley (aged 17):

Seeing people turn their backs on me is certainly a novel experience. Those quiet sketchers and onlookers used to flood the Louvre just to catch a look at me!

At least it seems I'm still in the spotlight.

I smirk, holding serenely still for the next eager horde of selfie-takers.

Read all the previous winning stories here.