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?
Write a story set in Scotland
In association with St. Andrew's Day 2015 (30 November)
Find out more about St Andrew's Day and celebrate what's happening around Scotland.
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 November are now closed. Be sure to find out what we have in store for Book Week Scotland 2015.
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: email@example.com
Write a story featuring food.
All-age category winning story by Robin Munro:
A turnip perhaps isn’t the most practical of abodes, but to Englethorpe it was perfect. It was edible, had a faint earthy pong and exuded a warm yellow hue when lit by candlelight. His home made him feel snug, and ravenous, as he tucked into a bowl of spiced beetroot.
Young Writers category winning story by Katie Luxmoore (aged 15):
The king devours the meat before him. He pays no heed to the gathering crowd and an impatient youngster steps closer. The monarch pauses to growl a low warning.
Suddenly, a shot rings out and he falls to the side. The animals scatter.
An unnoticed hunter has felled the king…