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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 and Ignite 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 link will open in a new window)advice page.

Always read the organiser's submission criteria.

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No Deadline

The White Pube Creatives Grant

Primo Poetica

Scottish Women's National Team Poets Society

Loud Coffee Press

page one mentoring scheme - Johnson & Alcock

Kalopsia Literary Journal

Bella Caledonia

Creatives - Scottish Mountaineering Press

Kelso Writers: Creative Writing for Well-being

Interpret Magazine

Leopard Arts


All Stories


Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Scotland’s Next Generation Young Makars

James Berry Poetry Prize 2024

Push the Boat Out - Living Water - Call for new commissioned works


Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival - writing competition

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction

Edinburgh True Flash Award


Caledonia Novel Award 2025


Heroines Anthology - Volume 6 & Writing Prize

Call for Submissions

No deadline

Speculative Books

The Dark Horse

Thi Wurd

Eemis Stane

Glasgow Review of Books


The New Shetlander

Product Magazine

Shoreline of Infinity

SNACK Magazine

Autumn Voices