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.


October's PromptImage by Matthias Rhomberg from Flickr Creative Commons

Write a ghost story.

How to enter

All-age Category

Please send your entry with the subject line ‘50 Word Fiction’ to by Friday 24 October 2014 (5pm).

Please include your full name with your entry.

Young Writers Category

Please send your entry with the subject line ‘50 Word Fiction- Young Writers’ to by Friday 24 October 2014 (5pm).

For the Young Writers Category only, please include your full name and age with your entry.

Stories can be submitted in the body of an email or as a word document attachment. We welcome entries in Scots or Gaelic for both categories.

Please note: You will receive acknowledgement of your entry but this may not happen immediately. We can only receive one entry per person. 

Please read the Terms and Conditions before entering.

Unfortunately we cannot give feedback on entries.

Happy writing!

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

September winners

The prompt: Write a story set on a spaceship


All-age category winning story by Tim Cassford:

Galen looked out from the command seat, laser-blasts still ringing in his ears. A million stars regarded him in silence.

Doors hissed open. Yorgen entered, his face pale.

"Does... Does it get easier?"

Galen turned back to the view. The previous crew were drifting past; corpses crusted with frost.



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

The youngest girl in space was too small to see out the windows. 

“What’s going on daddy?”

She looked up at the man whose hand clutched hers, whose eyes looked down on Earth in a way that would never be replicated; reflecting fire, dancing.

“Nothing,” he replied, drawing her close. 


Read all the previous winning stories here.