The 50-Word Fiction Competition

Can you write a story in just 50 words?

This month's 50-Word Fiction Competition is now closed. Check back for June's prompt and to read the winning stories.

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 or dig into these 12 books about Road Trips and 7 Teen Road Trip Reads


May's prompt

Write a 50 word story about a road trip

Write a story about a road trip

Our Book Week Scotland Journeys campaign invites you to share a story about the physical and emotional journeys you’ve taken in your life.

Inspired by this, we’d like you to submit a 50 word story about a road trip for this month’s competition.

Please note: Stories submitted to the 50 Word Fiction Competition cannot be submitted to the Journeys campaign.

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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 are open until Wednesday 20 May (5pm). Entries received after the deadline may not be accepted. 

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:


Submit your story


May's Winners

All-age category winning story by Stuart Cormie:

The M6 traffic cares nothing for your urgency, but you do arrive in time. She lies colourless, breathing slow, eyes closed, oblivious to the silent family. By an ear you shout "Mum" (hearing aids already out). A little jolt? Only hours later, her cruel, failing body deals its final hand.

Young Writers category winning story by Molly McCallum (aged 12):

When he said roadtrip, I saw hotels and shops. Not camping. I saw dad drive the rented, rusty green campervan, unaware of the havoc in the backseats. My brothers were flying paperplanes, my sister screaming for food. Even my mum was too busy taking pictures, getting lost in sunny Wales.


**Molly, could you please email to claim your prize?**


Read all the previous winning stories here.