Deadline: February 29, 2024

Entry fee: $10

About the competition

£3,000 first prize for writers worldwide and stories on any topic up to 2,000 words.
We’ve come a long way since 2014 when we held the first Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition, which was the original name of the Edinburgh Short Story Award. Back then, the first prize was just £300. The first prize is now ten times higher, although the entry fee has stayed the same and we’ve introduced free entry for writers living in Scotland who receive any form of income support or universal credit.

Judges have included Alexander McCall Smith who was our chief judge for the first six years of the competition, followed by Andrew O’Hagan and Ian Rankin.

Competition guideline

  • Your story can be on any topic. It does not have to be about Scotland.
  • Make sure your story is 2000 words or fewer, excluding the title. If it is one word over the limit it will be disqualified.
  • Make sure your name does not appear anywhere in your story document. All judging is anonymous. Your story comes to us with your entry form. Both are assigned a number and there is no risk of losing track of who has sent which story.
  • Make sure your file is in .doc, .docx or .pdf format. We cannot always read .pages or .odt files and will disqualify them.
  • Your story should not have been previously published, online or in print.
  • You may enter the same story in other competitions at the same time but if the story is selected for publication or a prize let us know so that we may withdraw it from our competition.
  • The short story competition is open to writers worldwide with 1st prize £3,000, 2nd prize £500 and 3rd prize £250.
  • The Isobel Lodge Award for unpublished writers resident in Scotland carries a prize of £750.
  • The Write Flash Mango Award is open to writers worldwide and for stories up to 2000 words that are fun, amusing, bizarre and/or as delicious as a mango. It carries a prize of £300.
  • The entry fee is £10 per story. FREE ENTRY: If you live in Scotland and you or your immediate family receives any form of income support or universal credit you are entitled to free entry to the competition. Please use the Free Entry Form.
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