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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 will open in a new window)advice page.

Always read the organiser's submission criteria.

Want to share an opportunity with us? Email eilidh.akilade@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window).

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Primo Poetica

Scottish Women's National Team Poets Society

Loud Coffee Press

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Kalopsia Literary Journal

Bella Caledonia

Tether's End Magazine

Hysteria Collective

Creatives - Scottish Mountaineering Press

Kelso Writers: Creative Writing for Well-being

Pugmill Press

Interpret Magazine

Leopard Arts


Cymera Festival Short Story Competition

Anne Brown Essay Prize

Picture Book Open Day 2023


Verve Poetry Press

SPAM Press: Brilliant Vibrating Interface


Mo Siewcharran Prize

Bi+ Lines Anthology


Queen Mary Wasafiri Writing Prize 2023


Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award

Ongoing Opportunities


The John Byrne award

The Zooker award

Luna Press Publishing

Invisible Cities

Call for Submissions

Haunted Girlfriend & Beyond Form - Poetic Sexploration

Propel Magazine - Issue 5

Speculative Books

The Dark Horse

Thi Wurd

Eemis Stane

Glasgow Review of Books


The New Shetlander

Product Magazine

Shoreline of Infinity

SNACK Magazine

Yorick Radio

Verve Poetry Press