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:
- 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?
Write a story featuring a camp fire.
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 March competition are now open. The closing date is Tuesday 28 March 2017 at midnight.
If you have any questions about the competition, please send them to: email@example.com
All-age category winner by Izzy Jones:
The first time the balloons came, it was raining. They emerged from the clouds, plump rotting plums, panting out thick gold coins that rattled down our streets. The thunder spoke: ‘consider this payment in advance.’ Today we saw them approaching, we do not know what they have come to take.
Young Writers category winning story by Heidi Ida Josefsson (age 14):