Books Light Up Our World Essay Competitions

The 50-Word Fiction Competition

Can you write a story in just 50 words?

Each month we’ll provide a prompt to get you started, but where the story goes from there is entirely up to you.

The competition includes four categories, Adult Writers, All-age Gaelic Writers, Young Writers 5-11 and Young Writer 12-18. The entries will be judged by a panel and the four winning stories will be published on our website two weeks after the closing date.

A prize will be awarded to a writer in each category:

Whether you're a seasoned writer or you've always fancied picking up a pen, why not give it a go?

Need some inspiration or tips? Read our 50 Word Fiction blogs, check out Sophie Cooke's 5 Things for Writing A Short Story and read last month's winners.

March's prompt

Write a story featuring a time traveller.

Image by annca, Pixabay

How to Enter

Entries for our March competition are currently open.Submit your story by Tuesday 27 March 2018 at noon.

- You can submit one entry to one category per month. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before entering.
- To submit your story, please complete the form below. You will receive a confirmation message on screen after submitting. 
- We welcome entries in Scots or Scottish Gaelic for both categories and thank The Gaelic Books Council for their support in judging our entries.
- Please note that we no longer send acknowledgement emails and due to the large number of entries, we are not able to offer individual feedback.

If you have any questions about the competition, please send them to: lynsey.may@scottishbooktrust.com

Submit your entry here:

February's Winners

All-age category winner by Giancarlo Rinaldi:

“Look mum, one hand!” cried Luca, excitedly, the first time he cycled past the family home.

Then, the second time around, he shouted with even greater delight: “Look mum, no hands!”

But, on the third passing, it was the bicycle that spoke.

“Look mum,” it said. “No Luca!”

Gaelic Category winner Iain MacRath:

B' e sgreuch a dhùisg Lachaidh. Bha e na shuain-chadail, a' bruadar mun cheapaire le ìm saillte agus càis’ làidir, tiugh. Fàileadh cularan fhathast air a chiabhagan. Sguir a’ chrith shocair, ruitheamach agus lìon a’ bhasgaid le solas. Rinn Lachaidh leum, a' toirt geall nach rachadh e cuairt baidhsagail a chaoidh tuilleadh.

Translation by the Gaelic Book Council:

A scream woke Lachie. He was sound asleep, dreaming about the sandwich with salted butter and thick, mature cheese. The aroma of cucumber still in his whiskers. The gentle, rhythmic motion stopped and the basket filled with light. Lachie jumped, vowing never again to go on a bike ride.

Young Writers (12-18) category winning story by Lily Stiven, age 15:

The storm chased her, flashing and rumbling, as she sped along the crumbling road. The old bike lurched beneath her and the wheels sent up a spray of cold mud. Grandma had warned her of the selkies' power, yet the stolen coral necklace bounced in her pocket. 

Young Writers (5-11) category winning story by Phoebe Stirrup, age 6:

Mike liked his bike

so he rode it all the way to the moon

But when he got there,

he fell into it because it was cheese

But 3 mice liked it so they licked him free

and he rode all the way back

to the world and landed in a tree.

Image by renategranade0, Pixabay

Read all the previous winning stories here.

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FARRELL’S STORY WRITING COMPETITION

Children’s Book Week

Saturday 22 August – Friday 28 August


We’re holding a story-writing competition to celebrate Children’s Book Week this year.  There are some Farrell’s book vouchers up for grabs as prizes, so be sure to get your entry in if you’d like to be in the running.  We will also share the winning entries here on our website.

There are four different age groups and conditions:

  1. Lower Primary – Prep to Year 2/3
    (if you’re in Year 3, you can choose which group you’d like to enter)

  2. Upper Primary – Year 3/4 to Year 6

    • Picture story or short story format

  3. Lower Secondary – Years 7 – 9

    • Short story format. Please try to limit to 2 pages / 1000 words.

  4. Upper Secondary – Years 10 – 12

    • Short story format.  Please try to limit to 3 pages / 1500 words.

In all groups, limit of one entry per person.

A note re page / word limits in the older groups – we won’t exclude an entry for being longer than this, but please bear in mind that we may have a lot of entries to get through, so it will be helpful if they’re not too long!

Hard copy entries can be dropped in our competition box in store (we are happy to return them after the competition if you wish to come and collect them again).  Electronic entries can be submitted to events@farrells.com.au with the Subject: CBW Story Comp.  Please use either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Please ensure you include your name, age and group of entry, and contact information (phone and email).

Entries will close on Friday 28 August at the end of Children’s Book Week.

We will announce the winners as soon as we can, hopefully the following week, depending on the number of entries we receive.



So what will you write about?

  • You could use the Children’s Book Week theme from this year – “Books Light Up Our Lives” – or their firefly character as a starting point for your story.

  • Think about some of your favourite books you love to read and see if you can create something similar.

  • For those of you writing picture story books, have a look at this fun interactive book about how to write a story or perhaps try out the Scholastic Story Starter.  (Be sure to get Mum and Dad’s okay to use the computer).

  • For Groups 2-4, have a look at Andy Griffith’s Once Upon A Slime for some tips on writing or check out this YouTube video of him speaking with a school group about how to write.

  • Ask your school librarian or teacher for some ideas.

  • Be creative!  Your imagination is a unique and wonderful thing – so put it to good use!  :).

We can’t wait to see what wonderful creative stories you share with us.

Happy Writing!

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