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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, Ignite Fellowship and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. If you're under 18, why not check out What's Your Story?

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 andrew.blair@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

Invisible Cities

Kalopsia Literary Journal

page one mentoring scheme - Johnson & Alcock


Norwich City of Literature's Virtual Residency 2020

Blue Diode Press: call for submissions

Stewed Rhubarb

Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize

Apex Magazine

Salt Publishing


Language Evolves - Short Story competition

Myslexia Poetry and Pamphlet Competitions

The Maverick Award

Bedtime Stories for the End of the World

The Janet Coats Memorial Prize

January 2021

Seaborne Magazine

Bad Betty Press

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Competition Open Prize

Discoveries 2020-21

Growing Old Disgracefully


Spread the Word: Life Writing Prize

Ongoing Opportunities


The John Byrne award

The Zooker award

Luna Press Publishing

Call for Submissions

Speculative Books

The Dark Horse

Glasgow Review of Books


The New Shetlander

Product Magazine

Shoreline of Infinity

Thi Wurd