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.


May's prompt

family meal

Write a story set during a family meal.

If you’re feeling inspired and have a real life tale about food, why not also take part in our Nourish writing campaign? We want to hear what fuels you!


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 May competition are now open. The closing date is Tuesday 30 May 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.

April's Winners

Train station interior

All-age category winner by Graham Holliday:

Lost my job, it was my last commute, so I got drunk at the train station. Yeah, I know, they warn you, “Luggage left unattended may be removed or destroyed”, but my ticket was in there. The numbers came up, saw ‘em on the telly, it was a rollover too.

 Young Writers category winning story by Anino Ejuliuwa (age 17):

The musician at the station easily pulls a crowd. Alistair stands there, smiling and clapping to the lilting rendition. Applause follows its conclusion, and when the bowing man lifts his head before him, Alistair freezes. He no longer hears the loud engines or the voices. His own face stares back.


Read all the previous winning stories here.