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Opportunities for writers

There are lots of opportunities for writers in Scotland. We've collected and listed the current crop below.

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For more opportunities (including workshops, retreats and advice), you might also want to look into our resources for writers, and our writing programmes; the New Writers Award, Ignite Fellowship and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. If you're under 18, why not check out our offering for Young Writers.

Please note that we curate this list but don't run the opportunities listed. You can find free guidance on copyright and other issues on the Society of Authors' (this will open in a new window)advice page.

Always read the organiser's submission criteria.

Want to share an opportunity with us? Email andrew.blair@scottishbooktrust.com (this will open in a new window)

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Primo Poetica

Scottish Women's National Team Poets Society

Loud Coffee Press

page one mentoring scheme - Johnson & Alcock

Kalopsia Literary Journal

Bella Caledonia

Tether's End Magazine

Hysteria Collective

Creatives - Scottish Mountaineering Press

Kelso Writers: Creative Writing for Well-being

Pugmill Press

Interpret Magazine

November

Process Zine

Compass Mentoring Scheme (Dumfries and Galloway)

Nine Pens Press

Short Fiction Journal

Broken Sleep Books

Sídhe Press Anthology

December

Mandrake Journal

The Ringwood Short Story Competition

The Lonely Crowd

February

Gold SF

Kelpies Writing Prize 2023

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

Ongoing Opportunities

Awards

The John Byrne award

The Zooker award

Luna Press Publishing

Invisible Cities

Call for Submissions

Speculative Books

The Dark Horse

Glasgow Review of Books

Lallans

The New Shetlander

Product Magazine

Shoreline of Infinity

Thi Wurd

Eemis Stane