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 two weeks after the closing date.

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.


March's prompt

Picture of a camp fire

 Write a story featuring a camp fire.


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 and due to the large number of entries, we are not able to offer individual feedback. 

We welcome entries in Scots or Gaelic for both categories. 

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

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


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

February's Winners

Landscape with hot air balloons

All-age category winner by Izzy Jones:

The first time the balloons came, it was raining. They emerged from the clouds, plump rotting plums, panting out thick gold coins that rattled down our streets. The thunder spoke: ‘consider this payment in advance.’ Today we saw them approaching, we do not know what they have come to take.



Young Writers category winning story by Heidi Ida Josefsson (age 14):

Emerald skies
above kingdom

Nescient balloons
in air

Sleeping sun
above castles

Scornful grass
on ground

Furious queen
in chamber

Dark creatures
in forest

Golden children
among trees

Lost beads
in moss

Troubled king
wife's bracelet

Dreaming me
my words


Read all the previous winning stories here.