The 50-Word Fiction Competition

For one month only, we’re running our regular writing competition in partnership with the Daily Record! Take part in the:

Write a Story in 50 Words Competition

We’ve provided an image below which we’d like you to use as inspiration for your entry, 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 (which will include novelist and columnist for the Daily Record Shari Low!) 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.


October's prompt

 Newspaper and coffee cup

Write a story inspired by this image

See full-sized 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 for our October competition are now open. The closing date is Monday 31 October 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:


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


September's Winners

Write a piece of historical fiction.

All-age category winning story by Mark Roberts:

She breathed out against the whalebones of her corset. His letter had disappeared among the flames in seconds. He was probably already on the ship, heading east, focused on his future with the Company. She moved to the bureau, took out a pen, ink and paper and began her revenge.


Young Writers category winning story by Joan Lim (aged 14):

“Oh, Helen! Her etiquette! She’ll amble around the room when calling and meddle around, ankles flashing and obscene…this was a mistake from the beginning!”

The sun-soaked drawing room is filled with tea and distress.

Amused by her bemusement, the matronly woman opposite her chuckles. “She’s barely a year old, darling!”

Read all the previous winning stories here.