Note this competition is now closed for entries for 2018.  We will re-open for entries for the 2019 competition on 1 November 2018 and will close on 28 February 2019.

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide. Alexander McCall Smith is the chief judge of the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition. He is assisted by a team of experienced readers 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. 

Prizes include:

  • First prize of £1,000, second prize £500, third prize £250 open to writers worldwide

  • £500 Isobel Lodge Award open to unpublished writers born, living or studying in Scotland.

  • The Scottish Arts Club will present one year free membership of the Club to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and Isobel Lodge winners. Explore the Club and its many affiliations in other cities (Please note this offer does not apply to current or former members of the Scottish Arts Club.)

  • Publication in our next anthology for all finalists.

  • Dedicated page on our website for all finalists to promote their work and share insights about their writing life. The first of our Writers' Pages launched in February 2018.

  • The Scottish Arts Club Member's Prize is awarded by our reader's panel to the top story entered by a member of the Scottish Arts Club.

The short-list of six finalists will be published by 20 August 2019.  All six finalists will be contacted by phone or email by 20 August and invited to attend the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards Dinner to be held on Saturday 28 September 2019. The stories by all finalists will be published in full on this website.