2019 Award Winners Announced

Alexander McCall Smith chose Gail Anderson’s story OVERDUE as the winner of the 2019 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition. Second prize went to Donna Rutherford‘s story RIP and third prize to Liz Treanor’s SAMMY, THE QUEEN AND THE NICE LADY. Liz Treanor was also announced as winner of the Isobel Lodge Award given to the top story by an unpublished Scottish writer. Sandra Ireland picked Tom Gordon’s story THE WAY OF THINGS as the winner of the 2019 Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award. Christine Stanton’s LEFTOVERS and Dora Bona’s SINS OF THE FATHER were awarded Commendations.

2019 Long Lists and Finalists

Thank you everyone who entered the 2019 Short Story and Flash Fiction competitions. We loved the increasing variety and strength of the stories entered this year. It was no easy task arriving at this selection of stories long-listed for the awards, or indeed choosing the finalists. For those who did not succeed,this year, please keep trying. One author has entered every year since the competition began - and this year made it as a finalist for the first time! More will be revealed after our awards dinner on 5th October 2019, when the prize-winners in both competitions will be announced.

Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

Chief Judge Alexander McCall Smith

Chief Judge Alexander McCall Smith

Finalists
An Evening with Casper Roth
Backtrack
Last Day at the Archive
Overdue
Rip
Sammy, the Queen and a Nice Lady

Long-Listed
A Very Anxious Case
An Orange from Two Miles Away
As If A Faulty Mirror
Blast from the Past
Butterflies
Greater Expectations
Gust in the Gusset
Lumbering
Matchy-Matchy
Speranza
The Eighth Day
The Hat
Marmalade Cat and Marvellous Coat A Renaissance Studio

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Award

Open to writers worldwide

First prize: £1000 Second prize £500 Third prize £250

Plus: Publication in our next anthology; a dedicated page on our website to promote your work and one year free membership of the Scottish Arts Club for main prize winners; signed copies of an Alexander McCall Smith book for all six finalists.

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide, for stories on any topic up to 2000 words.

Alexander McCall Smith continues as chair of the judging panel and will select the prize-winners. Anyone familiar with Alexander McCall Smith’s work will know that the historic Scottish Arts Club, situated in Rutland Square, often features in his popular 44 Scotland Street novels.  McCall Smith has been the chief judge of the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition since its inception in 2014. 

A team of dedicated readers assists the selection process. Alexander McCall Smith makes the final selection of the winner and other prizes.

Please note: You do not have to be Scottish to enter this competition

Chief Judge Sandra Ireland

Chief Judge Sandra Ireland

Finalists
Leftovers
Sins of the father
The Way of Things
Lovebirds
Yesterday I killed a goldfish
Space

Long-Listed
Bullet Time
Cheap Mother
Flashpoint
Fly Sissy
I would never hurt you
Life on the Margins
Rich Harvest
Short Date
The Sign
The Travelling Circus

 

Isobel Lodge Award

Open to unpublished writers, born, living or studying in Scotland

Isobel Lodge

Isobel Lodge

First prize: £500

The Isobel Lodge Award is open to unpublished writers born, living or studying in Scotland who enter the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition.

A collection of Isobel Lodge’s stories, plays and poetry is now available in paperback or kindle formats with funds from sales supporting the Isobel Lodge Award. Read more…

We will publish finalists and long-listed stories in our next anthology. Meanwhile, The Desperation Game and other stories from the Scottish Arts Trust Awards Volume One is on sale now.

Featuring all the finalists from the first five years of the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

Featuring all the finalists from the first five years of the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

“From the romantic to the dystopian, from crime to magical realism, from laugh-out-loud stories to the tales that keep you thinking, this is a colourful collection from the first five years of the Scottish Arts Trust Story Awards.”

Alexander McCall Smith

Our competitions are managed by the Scottish Arts Trust and run by volunteers with a passion for short literature.

All proceeds are used to support the arts in Scotland. Registered charity SC044753 www.scottishartstrust.org

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