Archive for the ‘Short stories’ Category

RAW call for Homecoming fiction and poetry

The Highlands’ hottest literary magazine, Random Acts of Writing, is calling for submissions on the theme of Homecoming for a special autumn edition. Check the details (and subscribe, it’s a great read) at


North East dialect short story competition

The Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen are running a short story competition  to commemorate Doric writer John Reid, who was an Aberdeenshire farm labourer.

Open to all amateur writers over the age of 16.

Words: up to 4000

Closing date: 31st March 2009

Language: Scots, Doric, English or a combination.

Subject: stories should be concerned with some aspect of life in North-East Scotland.

Prize: £500 and publication in Leopard Magazine, with a reading at the 2009 Word Festival in May.

For details visit the Friends of the Elphinstone Institute site, here.

Go on. Hae a wee shottie at it.

Wild Writing Competition

The John Muir Trust’s annual short story competition is being run as part of the Fort William Mountain Festival (6-14 March 09). Dry off your boots and get out your pen…

Words: up to 12oo in English or Gaelic

Theme: Experiences in wild places

Closing date: 26 January 2009

Prize: (good one this): a place on a residential course at the Arvon Foundation’s Moniack Mhor centre.

Full info and entry form at:

Open short story competition

Here’s your chance to support an excellent local charity and enter a national competition at the same time.

Dingwall-based charity Rape and Abuse Line is running a open short story competition.

Word count: 1500 – 1800

Closing date: 31 October 2008

Prizes: cash prizes sponsored by the David St John Thomas Trust, plus others donated by local businesses for best entries from the Inverness and Dingwall areas.

The first line of your story is given in the rules. Judging is by novelist/columnist Jane Wenham-Jones.

Details and entry form at

Writers’ Dock Short Story Competition 2008

Writers’ Dock, the on-line writing community, is running its 2008 short story competition. You don’t have to be a member of WD to enter, but you can get a free trial membership if you enter the competition.

Entry fee: £5 (or £9 to include a critique)

Prizes: £100, £50, £25

Subject: open

Words: 1500 – 5000

Closing date: 30 November 2008

Link here.

Criminal Tendencies

Creme de la Crime have announced a new short story competition, the prize being inclusion in an anthology.

“CRIMINAL TENDENCIES 2009 is a short story competition which offers a writer previously unpublished in the crime genre the opportunity to see his or her work on sale in bookshops throughout the UK, in a high-profile anthology alongside household names from the crime writing world including Reginald Hill, creator of the top-selling Dalziel and Pascoe series; Sophie Hannah, whose suspense chiller Little Face was a 2007 Richard and Judy’s Book club selection; and top-selling author Peter James.”

(Quote from Creme de la Crime website.)

£1 from each sale will go to The Genesis Appeal (breast cancer charity).

Short stories in the crime genre of up to 3,000 words.

Entry fee: £5 per story (incluides a donation to Genesis).

Closing date: 31st October 2008

On-line submission form or address details at

Legend Press 2009 Short Story submissions

Legend Press have published a call for submissions for their Short Story Anthology 2009. Stories of 9000-12000 words are invited.

Further details at