The 2019 competition is open from 1 November 2018 and will close on 28 February 2019.

Qualified writers may use the same form to apply for the Isobel Lodge Award. Read more about this award.

1. read The Rules! Here are the most important ones

  • Make sure your story is 2,000 words or fewer. 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.

  • 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 let us know so that we may withdraw it from our competition.

  • The short story competition is open to writers worldwide and has prizes of £1000 first prixe, £500 second prize and £250 third prize.

  • Your story can be on any topic. Please read all the rules before entering!

2. Pay the entry fee:

Pay £10 per entry by donation to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. All funds paid to the Trust are used to support the the arts in Scotland. You may pay your fee(s) by credit/debit card, PayPal or by cheque.

To pay via credit/debit card or PayPal
Follow the link to pay £10 per story by donation through the secure Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) website.  If entering from outside the UK please choose the option to enter address manually.

To pay by cheque
Payment by cheque is possible if it is drawn on a UK bank account.

Make your cheque payable to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust and for £10 per story entered. On the back of the cheque write your name and email address . Send to:

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition  Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust,                             c/o 24 Rutland Square,  Edinburgh EH1 2BW, UK


3. check check check - Will your story be disqualified?!


Every year, we disqualify at least half a dozen stories because they are over the word limit, because the file type is unreadable to us, or because the author’s name is given on the story pages. Make sure your story is not one of them this year. Check the word count is not over 2,000 words. Make sure you have it in .doc, .docx or .pdf and not .odt or .pages format. Check your name is nowhere in the attached story document(s). If in doubt, contact us.

4. Complete the entry form and attach your story/stories

After sending your form please scroll up the page to see the acknowledgement. You will also receive a copy of your entry via email. Please get in touch with Dai at  if you have any questions about your short story entry.   

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