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 and check out Sophie Cooke's 5 Things for Writing A Short Story.

 

February's prompt

Girl looking across the street

Write a story inspired by this image

See the full-size image here

 

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 now open for the February competition. The deadline to enter is Tuesday 23 February 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: miriam.johnson@scottishbooktrust.com

 

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

 

January's Winners

Write a story set in the future.

All-age category winning story by Robert Shepherd:

The future was supposed to be spaceships, not giant feet. No-one foresaw the day they rose, great arches stretched up to sky.

Hindsightedly, we saw the signs. Skyscraper toenails in London, great tendons trawlered in nets. We should have known, we said. Just once, we should have seen something coming.

 

Young Writers category winning story by Abigail Januszewicz (aged 12):

The computer says it’s year 9019. Today robots have just been released from factories all over New York and the rest of the world. My robot keeps saying “keep calm through this transition between your kind and mine”. Its light sensor turned from blue to red, then it exploded.

Read all the previous winning stories here.