Submit a Blether Story

As part of our annual story project, we’re asking people all over Scotland to submit true stories inspired by this year’s theme, Blether. All stories we receive will be published online, and our favourite stories will be published in a free book distributed across the country during Book Week Scotland 2019.

Even if you’ve never written before, give it a try! We encourage you to submit up to 1,000 words in any form you like – story, poem, comic strip, play or letter.

The easiest way to submit is to complete our online form on Survey Monkey. 


We also accept entries by post. Just send a copy of your submission, your full name (or a pseudonym) and your postcode, to the address below:

Scottish Book Trust
Sandeman House, Trunk’s Close
55 High St

You are welcome to include a photo or artwork to accompany your submission, but please ensure you only include images you have the right to use.

If you are having problems submitting your story please email:


Online Publication

This year, we are grouping submissions into small magazine style collections that are published every two weeks. Once you have submitted your work it will go through a brief moderation process before being formatted for display in each collection. 

You will receive an email when the issue with your entry has been published, but you can also read previous issues in our Blether Stories collection while you wait. 

During busy periods there may be a slightly longer wait before your entry is ready to be published.


Publication in the Blether book

If your work has been selected for the book we will be in touch approximately 3 weeks after the closing date on Wednesday 5 June.

As we receive so many entries, it’s not possible for us to provide feedback for individual stories.


Writing in Gaelic and Scots

We welcome submissions in Gaelic and Scots. We don’t require an English translation for your piece but if you would like to provide one feel free! Editorial support is also available for Gaelic pieces - please contact Gordon Connelly on for more information. 


Submitting on behalf of someone else

If you are submitting on behalf of someone else, like a student or friend, please make sure they have understood the terms and conditions and enter your name in the ‘Forename’ and ‘Surname’ fields and their name in the ‘Pseudonym’ field.

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