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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We curate this list but don't run the opportunities listed. Want to share one with us? Email lynsey.may@scottishbooktrust.com You might also want to look into our support programmes for writers; 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?


Call for submissions: The Writer's Cafe magazine

University of Hertfordshire single poem prize

Call for submissions: Celebrating Change

Translation residencies at Cove Park

Call for works in progress: Scratch That!

Call for flash fiction submissions: Reflex Fiction

Competition: Biggar Science Festival

The Jack Grapes Poetry Competition 2019


The Nan Shepherd Prize for nature writing

Call for submissions: Seahorse Publications

Workshop: Crossing Thresholds, Lapidus Scotland

Call for proposals: Paisley Book Festival


Call for submissions: Stirling Publishing

Creative writing masterclasses

The Dinesh Allirajah prize for short fiction

The national poetry competiton

January 2020

Write Mentor: Writing for children workshop

Ongoing Opportunities

Weekly creative writing classes

The John Byrne award

The Zooker award

Æther & Ichor submissions open

Shift: Call for short form YA submissions

Stories from the OCD community

The Weekend Read

Nosy Crow: Open call for children's fiction from debut BAME writers

The Gaelic Book Council: Commission grants

International travel fund

Twenty-Six Letters: Writing and editing services

Invisible Ink

Masterclass: Text into performance

Helen Boden: Reading, editorial and tuition services

Third Thursday Writers

Creative Coach Philippa Johnston: Professional development planning for writers

Complete book marketing toolkit

Liminal Residency: Alternative writing retreat