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 andrew.blair@scottishbooktrust.com (this will open in a new window)

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?

You can find further resources for writers here(this will open in a new window).


Stellar Quines

Immersive Game Lab and Commission

Southword Journal

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

Gutter Voices


Impossible Archetype

The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award

Wilbur Smith: Best Unpublished Manuscript


The Writers' Cafe Magazine

Poetry & Words at Glastonbury

Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts Festival

Federation of Writers: Vernal Equinox 2020

Scottish Pen


Sunspot: Single Word Contest

Ongoing Opportunities


The John Byrne award

The Zooker award

Luna Press Publishing

Call for Submissions

Æther & Ichor

Clover and White

The Dark Horse

Glasgow Review of Books


Little Stone Journal

Loss Lit

The New Shetlander

Nosy Crow: Call for debut BAME writers

Ó Bhéal: Five Words Poetry Competition

Poetry London

Product Magazine

Rattle: Ekphrastic Challenge

Rattle: Poets Respond

The Selkie


Shoreline of Infinity

Stories from the OCD Community

Thi Wurd