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, check out Sophie Cooke's 5 Things for Writing A Short Story and read last month's winners.

 

January's prompt

Hand rolling dice

Write a story featuring a roll of the dice.

 

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 January competition are now open. The closing date is Tuesday 31 January 2017 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.

December's Winners

Grand house in the snow.All-age category winner by Jenny Rutherford:

It fell silently from the sky. A giant, soft blanket smothering everyday life.
 
Children started with excitement as a winter scene unfolded. They thought it was snow.
 
But he knew it wasn’t snow. It was ash. Looking out of the window he knew now was the beginning of the end.
 

Young Writers category winning story by Amba Kiran Reece (age 17):

The West Wind rattles through the house. He has been welcomed here ever since the Small One left. He creeps up the staircases and becomes re-acquainted with the corners. The Darkness, a friend, nods at him from beneath the abandoned cradle.

Together they settle in for a comfortable winter.

Read all the previous winning stories here.