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.


July's Prompt

Use the image above to inspire your story.

Image by Alexandre Dulaunoy from Flickr Creative Commons

(View a full size image here.)

How to enter

All-age Category

Please send your entry with the subject line ‘50 Word Fiction’ to by Friday 25 July (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 25 July (5pm).

Please include your full name and 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:

June winners

The prompt: write a piece of historical fiction

Image by Neil Conway from Flickr Creative Commons

All-age category winning story by Jenna Burns (@Jenna_221b):

You’ll thank her for the socks. You’ll not mention Fletchley’s death.

You won’t say there’s a Big Push coming, the fear of it a cold weight in your chest.

You’ll say I miss you and end with all my love. They’re the only truths you have left.


Young Writers category winning story by George Menz (aged 15):

I have sinned, the captain thought, and made this place vile. For centuries, no Highlander would trust the name Campbell, or submit to the Crown, or forget this tragedy. It brought him comfort. Whatever evils they suffered, the Scots had one imperishable defense against the force of arms: they remembered. 


Read all the previous winning stories here.