february, 2019

28febAll DayScottish Arts Club Short Story CompetitionOnline Entry Fee: £10
Max word count: 2,000
Top Prize: £1000

Event Details

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide. You do not have to be Scottish to enter!

Alexander McCall Smith is the chief judge. He is assisted by a team of passionate and experienced readers in the early rounds, who work together in teams reviewing the stories. Each story that makes it to the final round of the competition has been reviewed about 40 times.

Stories should be 2,000 words or less and may be on any topic. Alexander McCall Smith told us he is keen to see more stories that are clever, upbeat, entertaining, or optimistic. This doe not mean all stories must be like that – just that recently most stories entered in the competition have been quite bleak. It is still possible that a strongly told tragic story will win – but if you are a writer with something more joyful in mind, this could be your year. Above all we want to encourage diversity.

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