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:
- All-age Category: A Writing Mug from The Literary Gift Company.
- Young Writers Category: A selection of fantastic books.
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.
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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 July's competition are open until Monday 27 July (17:00).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit your story
Submissions for the July contest are now open.
All-age category winning story by Jane Roberts:
One after the other - lemmings - they dive-bomb the water's surface - regardless of trainers and clothing. She's a red halter necked Venus - hair in nonchalant top-knot.
Waterlogged eyes, blinded by trust, they gaze up at her standing backside. Dry.
Young Writers category winning story by Jordan Sanderson (aged 16):
Big John has been trying to impress Wee Betty for a few months now. Every guy Betty has ever gone with has been able to swim. She likes that in men. He jumps in to impress her whilst she's watching but realises he still has his shoes on.