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.

 

April's prompt

Children laughing image by Alan Cleaver from Flickr Creative Commons

Write a funny story

This month, we want you to make us laugh. You could tell us the story of a funny misunderstanding, an unexpected twist or a comic character. Think beyond the punchline and have fun!

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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 Monday 27 April (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: lynsey.rogers@scottishbooktrust.com

 

Submit your story

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

 

March's Winners

All-age category winning story by Lauren Heaven:

It was rammed. She told him it would be.

 Noisy dogs, bouncy children – intrusions on his idyllic Instagram shot.

 He points out a recently vacated spot and they park themselves amidst the litter.

 “Smile,” he says as he looks at her through his screen.

 Filters can’t fix everything, she thinks.


Young Writers category winning story by Dominic Miller (aged 16):

No matter what day I went to the park, there he was. He'd sit in solemn silence, never saying a word, as if contemplating his life.

I never knew why he came. I only learnt his name after reading the plaque that one day took his place on the bench.

 

February's Winners

All-age category winning story by Sean HG Watt:

The ship's map showed her where to go. It floated ahead, leading her past burnt holes exposing the star-spotted black. She didn't dare look; escape was just round the next corner. She rounded it, suit creaking. Nothing but space and splintered hull parts. The map smiled, then flickered out.

Young Writers category winning story by Hannah Ledlie (aged 16):

My parents treasured the past, and anything that came from it. They would often take me to the archive; unroll a map and describe the amazing places it showed. I was sixty years old when I first breathed fresh air and blinked real light and saw it all for myself.

Read all the previous winning stories here.