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 four categories, Adult Writers, All-age Gaelic Writers, Young Writers 5-11 and Young Writer 12-18. All stories will be judged by the same panel and the four winning stories will be published on our website two weeks after the closing date.

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, check out Sophie Cooke's 5 Things for Writing A Short Story and read last month's winners.


September's prompt


Write a story that features a bridge.

Image by ifd_Photography, Pixabay


How to Enter

Entries for our September competition are currently open. Submit your story by Saturday 30 September 2017 at midnight.

- You can submit one entry to one category per month. 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. 
- We welcome entries in Scots or Scottish Gaelic for both categories and thank The Gaelic Books Council for their support in judging our entries.
- Please note that we no longer send acknowledgement emails and due to the large number of entries, we are not able to offer individual feedback.

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If you have any questions about the competition, please send them to:

Submit your entry here:

We only need this information if you are 18 or under
Please note: this box does not limit you to 50 words, so please check your story length before submitting.
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August's Winners

All-age category winner by Dean Macgregor:

Horsehoes on wood.
As the dementia worsened, my Mother would leave herself clues around her tiny Dundee bedsit. Little everyday things, receipts, bus tickets and such. But when she suddenly disappeared, the police found her flat empty. No furniture, no clothes, no clues, nothing but this rusty horseshoe, alone on the carpet.


All-age category Gaelic winner by Alison Lang:

Bha iad air tighinn an rathad seo. Chitheadh na lorgan, ùr an-diugh, làrach shoilleir nan crùidhean is fiù ’s nan tarragan, air am bualadh dhan ùir uaireigin feasgar, oir bha e tioram sa mhadainn. Chuir i suas facal taing don Chruthaidhear airson a chuid aimsir. Bha i faisg orra a nis.

Translation by author: They had come this way. The tracks were visible, fresh today, the clear outline of horseshoes and even of nails, pounded into the earth this afternoon, because it had been dry this morning. She offered her thanks to the Creator for the weather he had sent. She was close now.

Young Writers (12-18) category winning story by Emma Millar, age 12:

Its elegant, curved form hangs on my wall, watching like an eagle. It's always scared me, because I don't know why it stares, all day and all night. Then I realize. It isn't the horseshoe that's staring, it's what's inside it. I see it so clearly now that I know.


Young Writers (5-11) category winning story by Tess Clare, age 9:

I picked it up in the paddock. It was so rusty it stained my hands. Bits fell from the crumbly horseshoe onto the grass below. That was when I saw the horse staring from across the field. At that precise moment, he began to gallop straight towards me.

Image by Nancy Lucas, Pixabay

Read all the previous winning stories here.