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:
- All-age Category: A Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company.
- Young Writers Category: A selection of fantastic books.
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.
Write a crime story.
How to enter:
Please send your entry with the subject line ‘50 Word Fiction’ and your full name to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 17 March (5pm).
Young Writers Category
Please send your entry with the subject line ‘50 Word Fiction- Young Writers’ and your full name and age to email@example.com by Monday 17 March (5pm).
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: We can only accept one entry per writer. 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.
If you have any questions about the competition, please send them to:firstname.lastname@example.org
February's prompt: Write a story inspired by this image.
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All-age category winning story Brighid Ó Dochartaigh (@bbrighid1)
I saw it through the swirling crowd. The red carnation tucked into your black wool jacket, just as you'd promised. Then he reached out and plucked it, lifted it to his lips, and smiled. You laughed and slipped your arm through his. I was only ten minutes late.
Young Writers category winning story by Caroline Sessa
I ran in. The bustle of the station surrounded me. I had to find her, to tell her. Then, a glimpse. She was boarding a train. I tried to catch her; the doors shut before I could. It was too late. Now she'll never know... that she forgot her toothbrush.
The 50 Word Fiction Competition is sponsored by The Literary Gift Company
The Literary Gift Company provides a hand-picked selection of beautiful and practical gifts for book lovers, including clothing, jewellery, perfume, reading tools, games, and much much more.
'We aim to be a one-stop-shop for all book lovers. We produce our own range of literary products, as well as offering a unique combination of gorgeous products from new designers, along with the best of quality brands from our partners. We are particularly interested in promoting products which recycle, or 'upcycle' abandoned or out-of-date books.'