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.

April's prompt 

How to enter

 Keys image by Taki Steve from Flickr Creative Commons

Write a story which features an old key.

All-age Category

Please send your entry with the subject line ‘50 Word Fiction’ to by Monday 21 April (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 Monday 21 April (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: Writers may only submit one story. 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:


March Winners



The prompt: write a crime story.

All-age category winning story by Nina Vedder:

Through the car window the flames look orange and black. Like tiny tigers, escaping a cage.
I'm wearing two different shoes. Blue bow left.
"Will Dad be okay? And Jenny?" I ask.
Mum says nothing and turns up the radio.
The house gets smaller and then I think I sleep.

Young Writers category winning story by Erwan Regy (age 11):

I crossed the ‘crime scene’ line anyway. Lying on the ground was a young boy crying in fear. Towering over him were policemen, interviewing what looked like the kid’s parents. The boy turned around, revealing the crumbs and chocolate chips on his face. Then I saw the empty cookie jar.

Read all the previous winning stories here.


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