Stories entered for the competition should be 1,500 words or less and can be on any topic.
A team of dedicated readers assists the selection process with the writer Alexander McCall Smith making the final selection of the winner and the runners-up.
The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing is open to all unpublished writers over 18 years by 30 September 2017 who were born in Scotland, had their primary residence in Scotland or were studying in Scotland on 1 January 2017.
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 funds raised through the competition will be channelled through the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust to benefit the arts in Scotland.
- All stories should be in English, double spaced, 12pt, in Microsoft Word or in a PDF format. 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.
SUBMISSION: Stories are submitted via email with an entry form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition includes awards for:
- The overall winner – £800
- Two runners-up – £100 each
- The Scottish Arts Club Members Award – Trophy
- The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing – £500
- All finalists – signed copies of an Alexander McCall Smith novel
All finalists in the short story competition will be informed personally by email or by telephone by 15 September. Finalists stories will be published on the websites of the Scottish Arts Club and the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust.
The awards will be presented on Saturday 14 October 2017 during the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards Dinner.
All the stories from 2016 may be read on the web site of the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust atwww.sacctrust.org/story – where writers may also enter the 2017 competition.
Deadline: 31st March 2017