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.


September's Prompt

Write a story set on a spaceship.

How to enter

Image by Stefano Corso from Flickr Creative Commons

All-age Category

Send your entry with your full name and the subject line ‘50 Word Fiction’ to by Friday 26 September (5pm).

Young Writers Category

Send your entry with your full name and the subject line ‘50 Word Fiction- Young Writers’ to by Friday 26 September (5pm).

For the Young Writers category only, please include your age with your entry.

Stories can be submitted in the body of an email or as an 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.

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:

August winners

The prompt: Write a story which features a letter

All-age category winning story by Veronica Whittaker:

The solicitor forwarded the stamped letter to Jenny, who recognised the hand writing immediately.
Silent tears slid down her face as she read.
'I'll still love you John, whatever your decision. Please keep in touch. Mum'.
But John no longer existed, Jenny hadn't been called that in years.

Young Writers category winning story by Emily Chen (aged 14):

Heels ringing against stone, Felicia steps into the young CEO’s office.

“A letter for you, sir.”

He looks up as she tosses it onto the gleaming glass of his desk, edges worn and so out of place in this digital age. Unreliable. But untraceable.

A loaded glance passes between them.


Read all the previous winning stories here.