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Submit To Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2022

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2022 seeks original, engaging, and entertaining stories

About The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2022

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2022


The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition seeks original, engaging, and entertaining stories on any topic up to 2,000 words. It is open to writers worldwide, published or unpublished, over 16 years. We accept entries from 1 December to 28/29 February every year.

 The winners of the competition will be announced on September 24 2022 at the the Story Awards Dinner at the Scottish Art Club, Edinburgh.

Entry fee is £10 per story.  All proceeds are used to support the arts in Scotland. 
The competition is managed by the Scottish Arts Trust and run entirely by volunteers.


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Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2022 Prizes include:


International award: First prize of £1,000, second prize £500, third prize £250 (open to writers worldwide)

£750 Isobel Lodge Award open to unpublished writers living or studying in Scotland.

Publication offered to the authors of least twenty stories in our next anthology.

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. Go to The Scottish Arts Club

Dedicated page on our website for all finalists to promote their work and share insights about their writing life. Go to the Writers' Pages.

The Scottish Arts Club Member's Prize is a discretionary award by our reader's panel to the top story entered by a member of the Scottish Arts Club of at least two years standing.


Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2022 Entry Rules

OPEN FOR ENTRIES:  1 December 2021

CLOSING DATE: 28 February 2022 (Midnight UK time) 

WORD LIMIT: 2,000 words



Eligibility Requirements For The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2022


 The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years by 1 September 2022. You do not have to be Scottish to enter the competition.

Simultaneous submission is permitted. Should your story win a prize or be published elsewhere, please let us know so that we may remove your entry from the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards. Stories entered for the competition should not have been previously published in any format, online or print, self-published or paid. 

The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing is a special award within the competition that is only open to unpublished writers resident in Scotland on 1 January 2022. UNPUBLISHED means that the writer has never had a book-length work of fiction or short fictional story purchased by a commercial publisher or magazine.  If you have a work of fiction that has been published online or in print but were not paid for it by a publisher or competition you can qualify for the Isobel Lodge Award. Writers also qualify if they have self-published a work of fiction. 


Authors of commercially published non-fiction may also submit stories for the Isobel Lodge Award.

 If you have won a cash prize in a competition that included online or print publication you do not qualify for the Isobel Lodge Award.

The Scottish Arts Club Member's Award is open to members of the Scottish Arts Club who have been members for at least two years.

TOPIC: Short stories entered for the competition may be on any topic. Stories do not have to be set in Scotland or on Scottish themes. 

FEES: Every story submitted carries an entry fee of £10 payable as a donation to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust via credit/debit card, PayPal or cheque. All entrants should carefully follow the guidelines on payment given on the "Enter the competition" page. Any questions about payment should be referred to SSASHORTS@LUCIDITY.LTD.UK  .

FORMAT: Formatting is largely at your discretion, but ease of reading is obviously in your own best interest.
All stories must be in English,  ideally1.5 or double spaced, 12pt.  Dialect is fine, but bear in mind not our readers come from many lands and backgrounds.

Files must be in Microsoft Word (.docx or .doc), rich text (.rtf) or in PDF format. We cannot accept .pages or ,odt files, as we cannot guarantee these will be readable (though we will try). If you experience difficulties in saving as a Word or PDF document please click here to read these guidance notes.

The title of the story and page number should appear on every page. This should be inserted using the header format option.

The total number of words excluding the title should be listed at the end of the story. Stories that are even one word over 2,000 words will be disqualified.

The competition is judged anonymously. The author must not be identifiable from anything in the story or included in the story pages. If your name appears anywhere in the story document (even on a separate title page) the story may be disqualified, or at least edited by admin.

SUBMISSION: All stories must be submitted via the online entry form.  Stories that are sent in hard copy will not be accepted. Writers may submit as many stories as they like, as long as they pay £10 per story. 

RETURNS/CHANGES: No corrections can be made after submission, nor fees refunded after entry. If you wish to make changes to your story you may re-submit another version paying another £10 entry fee. No reimbursement will be made for stories that are disqualified for being inconsistent with these rules of entry. 

COPYRIGHT: All stories submitted must be original, fictional, and entirely the author’s own work, and not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party and not be defamatory of any living person or corporate body. Entries must be in the entrant’s own name/names, not pseudonymous (if successful, you can of course request that we use your nom de plume on anything we publish on the site). Stories entered should be suitable for an adult audience but not unsuitable for a general audience when published on the Scottish Arts Club website. All stories by finalists that are published on our website will be credited. The author will retain copyright to their story. 

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Simultaneous submission is permitted. Should your story win a prize or be published elsewhere, please let us know so that we may remove your entry from the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition.

PUBLICATION: Stories by finalists will be included in the next Scottish Arts Club Short Story Anthology. Stories by the finalists will also be published on this website.

JUDGING: During the early phases of the competition, an experienced team of readers will read and assess all stories through successive rounds. Stories are gradually eliminated from the competition until the final round when the last 6 stories are assessed by the Chief Judge. (Stories reaching the final round will have been reviewed more than 40 times.)

The Scottish Arts Trust guarantees that judging will be anonymous, impartial and fair. The Judge’s decision is final. The Scottish Arts Trust cannot enter into discussion with any entrant on the judging process. We cannot provide feedback on individual stories

PUBLICITY: By entering this competition all writers agree that if they are among the finalists, their identity and town/country of residence may be released to the media and their stories may be published on the Story Awards website and in the anthology.

All finalists in the short story competition will be informed personally by email or by telephone by 20 August 2022. 

The winners of the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Award 1st and 2nd prizes cannot also win the Isobel Lodge Award of £750.

The awards will be presented on Saturday 2 October 2022 during the Scottish Arts Club Story Awards Dinner. The dinner will be free for all finalists. Any guests of finalists will need to pay for their dinner and book in advance. Finalists will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs








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