Competition: The Scottish Arts Club Short Story 2019
Competition deadline: 28th February 2019
The competition includes two awards:
- The international Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide aged over 18 years, by 1 September 2018, published and unpublished.
- The Isobel Lodge Award is an award for unpublished writers born, living or studying in Scotland who enter the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition.
Stories entered for the competition should be 2000 words or less and can be on any topic. The stories do not have to be associated with Scotland.
Terms and Conditions
- The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition First Prize – £1000
- Second Prize – £500
- Third Prize – £250
- The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing – £500
- The Scottish Arts Club Members Award – Trophy
- All finalists – signed copies of an Alexander McCall Smith novel
- Publication in a short story anthology
- A dedicated page on our Short Story Awards website which finalist may use to promote their work or share insights on their writing style. https://www.storyawards.org/writerspages
- One-year free membership of the Scottish Arts Club for prize-winners which has affiliations to many other clubs in the UK and USA and the United Arts Club in Dublin.
The short list of 6 finalists will be released in August 2018 and their stories will be published on our website.
AWARDS DINNER: The prizes will be announced and presented on Saturday 5 October 2019 during the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards Dinner. All the finalists will be invited to attend the 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.
UNPUBLISHED (for the Isobel Lodge Award) means that the writer has never had a book-length work of fiction or short fictional story purchased for publication by a commercial publisher or magazine. Writers may still qualify for the Isobel Lodge Award if they have self-published a work of fiction or had non-fiction work published commercially or in a trade/academic magazine or journal.
PUBLICATION: All stories selected as finalists (short-listed) in the competition will be published on the website and in an anthology of works entered in the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition. Authors retain copyright to their work and may republish their stories. Stories entered in the competition should not have been previously published online or in print.
WRITERS PAGES: Every finalist in the competition since 2014 will be given the opportunity to open at no cost a page on our new website to promote their work. Each page may contain a bio, links to social media pages, website and excerpts of other work by the author as well as other information and images that the writer would like to share about their writing practice.
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 proceeds are used to support the arts in Scotland. Writers may enter as many times as they wish.
FORMAT: 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. Stories that are one word over 2000 words will be disqualified. Nothing written in the story pages should identify the author.
SUBMISSION: Stories are submitted via the entry form on our website www.storyawards.org
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 the Terms and Conditions.
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.
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Stories may be entered in other competitions while the judging process is underway. If your story receives an award or is published in connection with another competition, please let us know so that we may withdraw your story from our competition. Write to Dai Lowe at email@example.com
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 Alexander McCall Smith. The Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust guarantees that judging will be anonymous, impartial and fair. The Judge’s decision is final. The Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust cannot discuss the judging of their story with any entrant.
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 Scottish Arts Club website and in an anthology associated with the competition.
2018 Winner: The winner of the 2018 competition was Trophy by Mara Buck from Maine, USA. Mary Fitzpatrick from Glasgow won the Isobel Lodge Award for her story Murdo’s Journey. Read about them at www.storyawards.org
About the Trust: All funds raised through the competition are channelled through the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust to benefit the arts in Scotland. The Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust was set up in 2014 to advance all forms of the creative arts in Scotland, to improve the accessibility of the creative arts to the general public and to encourage and assist in the development of up-and-coming artists, exhibitors and performers. Registered Scottish charity SC044753.