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:
- 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 on the theme of 'someone's knocking at the door'.
Image credit, MichaelGaida on Pixabay.
How to Enter
Entries for our August competition are currently open. Submit your story by Tuesday 28 August 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 about a painting.
"Why are you late, mummy?"
"I got held up, Fiona. Sorry."
"You're always late on Tuesdays. I've been waiting ages."
That teatime Fiona smiled at daddy.
"Look what Fiona painted at school. It's just like you!"
"That's mummy," said Fiona. "And that's the ginger man in mummy's car on Tuesdays."
Gaelic category winner by Seonaidh Adams:
Translation by Gaelic Books Council:
He was screaming, always screaming. My class walked straight past him but I lingered. I stared. Shadows flickered in the corner of my eye. On the canvas, two figures I hadn't already noticed moved. The gallery turned suddenly cold. I realised what he was screaming at. I turned and fled.
Young Writers (5-11) category winning story by Mugunth Muthu Ramakrishnan, age 7:
On my birthday my parents gifted me a easel and paints. I was eager to paint a giant monster. I was surprised to see the monster come alive. I was scared and thought it would attack me but it didn't. We both became friends. This will be my new pet.
Image credit to Nietjuh on Pixabay