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?


Blacklight TV: 4stories competition

The Dinesh Allirajah prize for short fiction

Call for submissions: Razur Cuts

Call for submissions: Stewed Rhubarb

Call for submissions: Middleground

Residency in Finland

Call for submissions: Scottish Women’s Creative Writing Competition

Call for submissions: Anstruther Writing Award

The National Poetry competiton

Call for submissions: Lies, Dreaming

Call for submissions: New Writing Scotland

Call for submissions: McKitterick Prize


Call for submissions: 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Climate Emergency Writer-in-Residence

Call for submissions: Mothers and Motherhood

Call for submissions: The Writers' Cafe

The Ian Bell New Writing Award

Product Magazine: Mentoring for new writers


Call for submissions: Nobrow Press Short Story Competition

Call for submissions: Postbox Magazine

Call for submissions: ૧૦:૧૦ Press

January 2020

Write Mentor: Writing for children workshop

The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award

Ongoing Opportunities


The John Byrne award

The Zooker award

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

The Weekend Read


The Gaelic Book Council: Commission grants

Scottish Books International: Travel Fund


Anita Govan: Text Into Performance

Writing and Editing Services

Helen Boden: Reading, editorial and tuition services

Invisible Ink

Creative Coach Philippa Johnston: Professional development planning for writers

Twenty-Six Letters: Writing and editing services

Claire Wingfield: Complete book marketing toolkit

Writing Retreats/Classes

Liminal Residency: Alternative writing retreat

North Lanarkshire weekly creative writing classes

Third Thursday Writers