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 four categories, Adult Writers, All-age Gaelic Writers, Young Writers 5-11 and Young Writer 12-18. All stories will be judged by the same panel and the four 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.


July's prompt

Ice cream cone at seaside

Write a story that takes place at the seaside.

Image by Steve Buissinne, Pixabay


How to Enter

Entries for our July competition are currently open. Submit your story by Monday 31 July 2017 at midnight.

- You can submit one entry to one category per month. 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. 
- We welcome entries in Scots or Scottish Gaelic for both categories and thank The Gaelic Books Council for their support in judging our entries.
- 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.

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

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

Enchanted Wood
All-age category winner by Cath Ferguson:

The thin witch stirs her cauldron, kept boiling for stray children. They never come. The once deep, dark forest is reduced to a layer of trees, behind the giant Tesco, outside the new town. In Fairy’s Glen a trolley lies rusting. Reluctantly, she clicks the button: “home delivery”. Pasta again.



Gaelic category winner by Robbie MacLeòid:

Dh’fhairich i a cas a’ pronnadh an damhain-allaidh.


Nuair a thog i ceann, bha craobhan na coille air cromadh os a cionn mar cheudan casan corp damhain-allaidh. Dhort sùgh sìos gach crann, na duilleagan dearga dearga mar neòil fhuilteach, ga falach fon speur.

Bha i air dol fada ceàrr.

 [Translation by The Gaelic Books Council]

She felt her foot crushing the spider.


When she lifted her head, the trees of the forest had bent over her like the legs of hundreds of dead spiders. Sap poured down each trunk, the red, red leaves like bloody clouds, shielding her from the sky.

She taken a very wrong turning.


Young Writers (12-18) category winning story by Zofia Kopiec:

Players bowing, bows playing. The string orchestra struck out some chords to the maple audience.
"That's my sister!" a branch cried, dropping leaves on a violinist.
"My mother!"
"Left lung!"
A stick hit the wood of a viola and the cellos stopped playing. The conductor looked up.


Young Writers (5-11) category winning story by Frazer Dewar:

The Kingdom was surrounded by the forest. Now and again playful racoon dogs would find their way in. Everything was fabulous. Until one day the forest started to burn. People were screaming “The legend is true!” Then right in the centre of the forest there it was. The Blind Dragon.

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Read all the previous winning stories here.