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.


August's Prompt

Image by Brian Smithson from Flickr Creative CommonsWrite a story which features a letter. 

How to enter

You can submit one story to one of the categories below in the body of an email or as an attachment. We also welcome entries in Scots or Gaelic for both categories.



All-age Category

Send your entry with your name and the subject line ‘50 Word Fiction’ to by Friday 22 August (5pm).

Young Writers Category

Send your entry with your name and the subject line ‘50 Word Fiction - Young Writers’ to by Friday 22 August (5pm).

For the young writers category only, please include your age with your entry.

Please note: You will receive acknowledgement of your entry but this may not happen immediately.

Please read the Terms and Conditions before entering.

Due to the high volume of entries received, we are unable to give individual feedback.

Happy writing!

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

July winners

The prompt: Use the image (right) to inspire your storyImage by Alexandre Dulaunoy from Flickr Creative Commons

All-age category winning story by Lelia Valois:

They met monthly. Sometimes, they drank quickly, ring pulls already opened with that first, cool swig taken before they sat down. Othertimes, like today, they sat untouched behind them. They never asked, always waited for the other to talk.

"That last chapter though."

"Yeah, no more dog books. Always upsetting."


Young Writers category winning story by Isabella Campese (aged 12):

We sat there looking over the town. If I was going to say it, it had to be today.

"So, I was thinking," I started nervously.

"Come on, you can say anything."

"Okay, here it goes. I like a friend."

"I was just about to say that too."


Read all the previous winning stories here.