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 featuring a mobile phone.
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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 August competition are now open. The closing date is Monday 29 August 2016 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: email@example.com
Write a story about swimming.
All-age category winning story by Megan Crosbie:
She wades past skin and into the sea. Black fabric clings to her thighs and the curve of her belly. In one fluid motion she dives under, accepted easily into the water.
She surfaces. Tightening her headscarf, she watches the horizon: unwavering, dependably familiar. She almost doesn't feel them staring.
Young Writers category winning story by Brady O'Connell (aged 15):
Wob the pet rock swam in the stream all day.
That was his life.
Bob his owner came by every day to feed him an apple.
After every meal Wob swam a 300 metre backstroke by flowing with the current.
Only problem is, he can't get back to the top.