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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 What's Your Story?

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

Postcards from Malthusia

Loud Coffee Press

Invisible Cities

Scottish Football Supporters Association

page one mentoring scheme - Johnson & Alcock

Kalopsia Literary Journal


Grow Your Story - BAME Writers Development Programme

The 2021 Prole Poetry Pamphlet Competition

Manchester Writing Competition



New Writing Scotland 39

Poems for Social Work

Pushing the Boat Out

Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition

Adjacent Pineapple



Perito Prize

BlueHouse Journal

Epoch Literary Journal

The Secret Lives anthology

Continue the Voice Zine

David Higham Associates - Agency Open Week

The Poetry Society

Skulls and Spells

404 Ink


The Suzie Grant

The 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

A Call for Joy

Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize

Apex Magazine

Salt Publishing


Language Evolves - Short Story competition

Myslexia Poetry and Pamphlet Competitions

January 2021

Seaborne Magazine

Ongoing Opportunities


The John Byrne award

The Zooker award

Luna Press Publishing

Call for Submissions

Speculative Books

The Dark Horse

Glasgow Review of Books


The New Shetlander

Product Magazine

Shoreline of Infinity

Thi Wurd