After the success of our inaugural annual short story competition in 2020, we’re proud to announce the launch of this year’s Short Story Competition.

As a country built and thriving on literature, Scotland has some incredible writers who go unacknowledged every year, and Ringwood wants to bring some of those underrepresented voices to light.
Writers residing in or originally from Scotland are encouraged to send their best work to our panel of judges.

We welcome submissions from all walks of life, including but not limited to writers who identify as women, men, transgender, non-binary, LGBTQ+, BAME, neurodivergent, and any and all others who are contributing the rich tapestry of our literary history. Your voices matter.

The contest opens for entries on 20th September, 2021. There is a £2 entry fee and the winning writer will receive a prize of £50 and publication on our website; up to two runners up will also receive acknowledgement and publication on the website.

Please send stories up to 3,000 words to
We are only accepting contest submissions electronically. Any one writer is welcome to submit up to five stories, each as a separate submission with its own £2 entry fee. You will receive a confirmation email once your submission and payment have been received.

You can read the full guidelines on the Short Story page of this website, where you can also get inspired by checking out last year’s winning and runner up stories by clicking the link on that page.