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 June competition are currently open. Submit your story by Monday 30 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:

Submit your entry here:

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

Family Meal
All-age category winner by Tabatha Stirling:

The food, like my parents' marriage, comes to the table in technicolour.  The tension makes sprouts over green and a promising gravy congeals into fatty emotion and regret.  My mother launches a crystal glass of Shiraz at the wall.  Another victim, it decorates the blinding white like blood spatter.

Young Writers category winning story by Odhran Leeson (age 13):

It was dinner time. The Connellys were ready to eat the succulent roast chicken in front of them. Kenny, the dad, was about to cut it when, suddenly, it lunged at him. Gobbled him down and swallowed him whole. The rest sat in stunned silence imagining death by chicken.

Image by Dan Gold, StockSnap

Read all the previous winning stories here.