Deadline: 28 February 2021
Open to: writers aged 16 and above from anywhere in the  world
Benefits: various cash prizes


The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide over 16 years. Entries for the 2021 competition is pen now and will close on 28 February 2021.

The club seeks original and engaging stories on any topic up to 2,000 words. The chief judge is Andrew O’Hagan, multi-award winning author and editor-at-large of the London Review of Books. He is assisted by a team of passionate and dedicated readers in the early rounds.


The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years by 1 September 2021. 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 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 .


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

  • £750 Isobel Lodge Award open to unpublished writers born, living or studying in Scotland.

  • Publication for the top twenty stories in out 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 (Please note this offer does not apply to current or former members of the Scottish Arts Club.)

  • Dedicated page on their 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 awarded by the reader’s panel to the top story entered by a member of the Scottish Arts Club of at least two years standing.


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.

Fore more information please visit the official website.