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 Writer 12-18. The entries will be judged by a panel and the four 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.


February's prompt

bike ride and sunset

Write a story that features a bike ride.

Image by renategranade0, Pixabay


How to Enter

Entries for our February competition are currently open. Submit your story by Tuesday 27 February 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.

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

Submit your entry here:

We only need this information if you are 18 or under
Please note: this box does not limit you to 50 words, so please check your story length before submitting.
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January's Winners

small piano

All-age category winner by Lisa Holland:

The boogie-woogie was driving her crazy.
Every night, downstairs, her brother would practice those songs on the old piano.
Every night, upstairs, the music would keep her awake.
Until the day she crept downstairs in her pyjamas, and smashed the lid on his fingers.
Now his knuckles had the blues.



Young Writers (12-18) category winning story by Megan Harper, age 17:

His slender and frail fingers found difficulty sitting on the rough surface of the keys, the scars covering them hurting his pride enough to make his whole body shake with rage.
"You can do it. Work on pressing one key. Just one."
He pressed his index finger down. B Flat.


Young Writers (5-11) category winning story by Matthew Will, age 10:

My grandma's old piano is quite odd, if you press a key it plays the note that is symmetrically opposite. One day I got curious and looked inside, to my surprise there were three mice, two skinny and one fat. I pressed a key, the fat one ate cheese while the skinny ones worked together to play the opposite note!

Image by ktphotography, Pixabay

Read all the previous winning stories here.