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About Scotland's Stories

Find out more about Scottish Book Trust's annual writing project – Scotland's Stories – and how you can get involved

Entries for this year's Scotland's Stories are now closed. You can read entries to the project on the Scotland's Stories page.

Scotland's Stories is an annual writing project which aims to encourage all types of people to share their experiences. Every year we use a different theme to help people write about their lives, their way. The theme for 2024 is hope.

When you think of hope, where does it take you?

To a new opportunity, challenge or place? To your afternoon cuppa? To the moments that brought you to where you are today?

Hope is the promise of a brighter future. It’s not blind faith that things will work out in the end, it’s the trust we place in ourselves and those around us, that the choices we make in difficult moments will lead us to better times. That the path we are on, and our story, matter.

Whether it’s what you want to see happen for yourself, your community or those you cherish most, share your story of hope with us today.

Read Scotland's Stories

Get involved

This project is for everyone, even if you’ve never written before we’d like to hear from you. We believe everyone has a story worth telling and that telling that story can be a powerful experience.

Your entry can be in any form you like – a story, poem, comic strip, play or letter. We also accept video and audio entries. The only requirement is that your story is true and based on your own experiences.

We welcome entries in Gaelic, Scots and English.

Every submission is featured on our website and a selection of our favourites will be published in a free book distributed all over the country during Book Week Scotland (18–24 November 2024), our national celebration of books and reading.

The deadline for submitting your story is Friday 7 June 2024.

Writing prompts and inspiration

We've developed five sub-strands to Hope that we hope will help you start thinking about the story you want to share, and handy writing prompts in English and Gaelic to give you some fun, practical writing exercises that should help develop your ideas.

New dawns

Guiding lights

Hope for the world

Pockets of joy

The best is yet to come

You can also read through some of the entries already submitted to get inspired including exclusive pieces on Hope from writers featured in last year's book.

Workshop opportunities

We've teamed up with three talented authors who will be delivering free, in-person writing workshops in locations across Scotland to help budding writers to get started with their own pieces. For more information and to get tickets, visit Scotland's Stories: Hope writing workshops.

We're also running a series of free, online digital storytelling workshops to help you create your own 2–5 minute digital story about hope. To find out more and register your interest, visit the Moments of Hope: Digital storytelling workshop page.


To be able to showcase these wonderful stories and provide a platform for individuals to grow their confidence, fostering their love of reading and writing, is something we value greatly. We are incredibly lucky to receive such great support year on year, with hundreds of entries coming in from the public. The resulting collection of stories pays tribute to the variety and depth of experience of life in Scotland. You can find out more about the impact of Scotland's Stories from a writer who was included in our 2019 collection, Blether.