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, check out Sophie Cooke's 5 Things for Writing A Short Story and read last month's winners.

 

February's prompt

 Write a story inspired by this picture.

 

How to enter

You can submit one entry to either the all-age category or the young writers category. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before entering. 

To submit your story, please complete the form below. You will receive a confirmation message on screen after submitting. Please note that we no longer send acknowledgement emails.   

We welcome entries in Scots or Gaelic for both categories. 

Entries for our February competition are now open. The closing date is Tuesday 28 February 2017 at midnight. 

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

You will receive a confirmation message on screen after submitting. Please note that we no longer send acknowledgement emails.  

If you have any questions about the competition, please send them to: lynsey.may@scottishbooktrust.com

 

Please note: this box does not limit you to 50 words, so please check your story length before submitting.

January's Winners

All-age category winner by Wander Gubler-Leeuwenhoek:

Demiurge
It was just a game. Everything was. Is. Yet,  frenetic - eyes darting, heart thundering - I weighed my changes. Endless variables. Outcomes beyond count. An entire embryonic universe stretching out before me, yearning to unfold. So, teetering on this razor’s edge between ubiquity and oblivion, I cast the die.

 

Young Writers category winning story by Carmen Sunny-olowu (age 13):

'It's magic!' He shouted after her retreating back.
She stopped and slowly turned around. 'What do you mean?'
He grinned and slowly raised a finger to his lips. 'Shh...'
And with a flick of his wrists, he rolled the dice. At first, nothing happened.
And then, everything did...
At once.

Read all the previous winning stories here.