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.

 

May's prompt

Sea

Write a story about a mythical sea creature.

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. 

Dealine for the May 50 Word Fiction competition is midnight on Monday 30 May 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.

 

April's Winners

Write a story featuring a board game.

All-age category winning story by Nathan:

'Firetruck,' stated my nephew, confidently placing his word. Firetruck indeed! A vowel is nowhere found on my spelling pew. He counts 54 points for triple word score. My only option is to pluralize his word. Why can’t I pull good letters? A “Q”? Seriously, what the firetruck? He’s gonna win.

 

Young Writers category winning story by Morganlee Mcmillan (aged 17):

Tensions were high. They all stood in what seemed like a mexican standoff. They kept there cards close to there chest with eyes locked on one another.
"It was you wasn't it"
"Naw it wasny me"
"Aye it was, it was you in the kitchen wae the lead pipe mate!"

Read all the previous winning stories here.