Your Stories: Future

Submission closing date: 05 June 2020, 23:55

As part of our annual writing project - Your Stories - we’re asking people all over Scotland to submit true stories inspired by this year’s theme, Future.

Every day we cast ourselves into the future, imagining what’s next in our lives. We tell ourselves stories about where we'll go and with who, or reflect on how the past has shaped us. For many of us, the future represents opportunity and gives us hope that we can make positive change for our loved ones, our communities or ourselves. 

So whether you’re an activist desperate to transform tomorrow, an eternal optimist setting another target for the year ahead or just a dreamer wondering what the next chapter in your life will be, we want to hear your story!  

Even if you’ve never written before, we'd love to hear from you. Your story can be in written, audio or video form. You could write a story, poem, play, letter, or even a comic strip! We'd love to receive stories in Scots and Gaelic too.

Every entry will appear on our website and a selection will be published in a free book for Book Week Scotland, our national celebration of books and reading.

How to submit

Send us your story using the form below by Friday 5 June. You can either copy and paste your story into the text box, or upload an audio or video version to another platform and share the link with us. Terms and conditions apply.

We are still accepting stories by post, although due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) there will be a delay in collecting and sharing these. We recommend that you send us stories using the form below if at all possible.

For stories sent to us by post, please use the following address: FAO Gordon Connelly, Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, Trunk’s Close, 55 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR.

If you’ve found it difficult to write about something personal and you’d like to talk to someone about it, there are organisations that offer help and support.

Story details

Please limit your story to 1000 words.
We accept stories in audio or video format. Please upload to Soundcloud or another hosting provider and put the link above.

Author details

We will display your first and last name with your story. If you would prefer not to have your full name displayed, please provide a pen name.