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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

page one mentoring scheme - Johnson & Alcock

Kalopsia Literary Journal

Bella Caledonia

Tether's End Magazine


Arachne Press

Mslexia - June Issue

Sick Magazine

Federation of Writers Vernal Equinox Competition

Grey Hen Poetry Competition


Postbox Magazine


Bad Betty Press


Love the Words - International Dylan Thomas Day

Razur Cuts

Shoreline of Infinity - Call for Trans, nonbinary and gender nonconforming writers

The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition


Cipher Press

The Bridport Prize

All Stories - Children's Book Mentoring

Call for Papers - No Parties

Outspoken Press - call for pamphlets and collections


The Gerard Rochford Poetry Prize

Ongoing Opportunities


The John Byrne award

The Zooker award

Luna Press Publishing

Invisible Cities

Call for Submissions

Speculative Books

The Dark Horse

Glasgow Review of Books


The New Shetlander

Product Magazine

Shoreline of Infinity

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