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 four categories, Adult Writers, All-age Gaelic Writers, Young Writers 5-11 and Young Writers 12-18. The entries will be judged by a panel and the four winning stories will be published on our website roughly two weeks after the closing date.
A prize will be awarded to a writer in each category:
- Adult Writers: A Writing Mug from The Literary Gift Company.
- All-age Gaelic Writers: Excellent books from The Gaelic Books Council.
- Young Writers 5-11: A fun selection of books.
- Young Writers 12-18: A Moleskine notebook for future stories.
Whether you're a seasoned writer or you've always fancied picking up a pen, why not give it a go?
Write a story about an unexpected visitor.
This month, we’re partnering with the National Trust for Scotland and using an image from one of their current projects.
Image credit Margaret Fay Shaw, ©National Trust for Scotland, Canna House.
How to Enter
Entries for our October competition are currently open. Submit your story by Tuesday 30 October 2018 at noon.
- You can submit one entry to one category per month. 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.
- We welcome entries in Scots or Scottish Gaelic for both categories and thank The Gaelic Books Council for their support in judging our entries.
- 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.
If you have any questions about the competition, please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prompt: Write a story on the theme 'someone's at the door'.
All-age category winner by Joyce Ohara:
I walked, slowing as I approached,
Steps cracking the gravel drive of the beautiful, Victorian house.
Lawns happily edged with roses, pansies and tall sunflowers following the sun.
Relief fills my heart and emotion traps my breath.
Clenching my handbag with the precious baby photograph, treasured since 1952,
Gaelic category winner by Seonaidh Charity:
An toiseach, parsail an siud ’s an seo. Trì no ceithir gach mìos, sa gheamhradh fhuar.
Ghnogadh i aig an doras, an lèine-t uaine Yodel oirre, am bogsa na làimh, a gàire…
A-nis – samhradh – parsail a h-uile latha. Cunntas banca falamh. An-diugh, thig am parsail le fàinne ann.
Translation by Gaelic Books Council:
At the beginning, a parcel now and then. Three or four each month, during the cold winter.
She would knock at the door, in her green Yodel t-shirt, the box in her hand, and a smile…
Now – summer – a parcel every day. An empty bank account. Today, the parcel containing the ring will arrive.
One day when I was at home watching tv, I heard someone knocking at the door loudly. It was a tall, scary person holding a parcel. The parcel started to shake so I opened it and it was a necklace. I thought 'no' and just put it in the bin.
Image credit to MichaelGaida on Pixabay