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.

 

July's prompt

Ducks in a row

Write a story about swimming.

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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 July competition close at midnight on Monday, 25 July 2016. 

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.

 

June's Winners

Write a story that begins on a bus.

All-age category winning story by Jess McGeachie:

Ecstatic, excited, elated
The bus whirred and jolted
As it reached its destination
Alighting from the bus
Looking back to planet earth
And welcoming my future
The idea I had
Had grown into realisation
New world, new planet, new life

 

Young Writers category winning story by Iona Campbell (aged 15):

As I gazed out of the window at the dark fields rolling by, I noticed the lights inside the bus begin to flicker. The bus screeched to a halt. I blamed it on a rogue deer, that was until I heard faint tapping from the other side of the window.

Read all the previous winning stories here.