Ringwood Publishing is delighted to announce the launch of the 2022 Ringwood Short Story Competition.

As a country built and thriving on literature, Scotland is home to many incredible writers who go unacknowledged every year. Ringwood wants to bring some of those under represented 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, gender-fluid, LGBTQ+, BAME, neurodivergent, and any and all others who are contributing to the rich tapestry of our literary history. Your voices matter.

The 2022 Competition is being launched on 30th June 2022, with a closing date of 2nd December 2022. The full rules and criteria are outlined below. Feel free to start writing your entries now! There is a £2 entry fee and the winning writer will receive a prize of £100 and publication on our website; up to two runners-up will also receive acknowledgement and publication on the website.

We are only accepting contest submissions electronically. Any 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.

Full Terms and Conditions

Ringwood wants to celebrate up-and-coming writers with a Scottish connection, so the competition will be open to all writers based in Scotland, or who have previously resided in Scotland, or who identify as Scottish. 

Ringwood particularly welcomes and encourages submissions from underrepresented communities, including but not limited to, people from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour), LGBTQ+ and/or disabled communities, women, and non-binary people. Ringwood seeks to encourage diverse voices and shift the gaze of the literary scene from decades of the ‘norm’ to become more inclusive. The participation of ‘new Scots’ from diverse backgrounds can enrich the diversity of mainstream Scottish literature. 

The age limit requires  that entrants must be at least 16 years of age in 2022.

Entry is £2 per story, entries must be short stories with a maximum word limit of 3000, and the deadline is Friday 2nd December. The winner of the first prize of £100 shall be announced in December, just before Christmas, with the winning entry and up to two others being published on the website at the same time as the announcement of the results.

Please email the entries to submissions@ringwoodpublishing.com.

While we always welcome work that pushes boundaries and makes us ask questions about the world, we do not welcome any stories that promote stigma against mental illness, homophobia, ableism, racism, fascism, sexism, and all other manners of bigoted nonsense.

Please include a cover letter containing your contact details, any previous publications and your residence in Scotland (if applicable),. This should be the first page of your entry.

Entries should be sent as a double-spaced Word document. Please include page numbers, use an easy-to-read font (Arial or Times New Roman), and have the subject of your email read ‘Short Story Submission.’

Once payment has been made and your entry is sent to submissions@ringwoodpublishing.com, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you that your piece has been received. 

There is a limit of 5 different entries by any one writer, and each separate story must be accompanied by a £2 entry fee (payable by credit or debit card via the Pay Submission Fee button below).   

Entrants can have had other work published; short stories, poetry, novels or similar. However, entries for this competition are restricted to short stories that have not been previously published. Simultaneous submissions to other competitions are accepted and encouraged, though please let us know if your piece is subsequently accepted for publication elsewhere, since it will then be ineligible for this competition. And if that happens, many congratulations!

The judges’ decision is final, and any entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

No postal entries shall be considered.

We will not be able to offer feedback on individual entries.

Previous winners

It is recommended entrants check out the 2020 and 2021 winners to get a sense of the standards required to compete. 

The winner of our first-ever short story competition, in 2020, was Mónica Ferreira. You can read her story, ‘The Shoes’, and learn more about her here.

The  2021 winner was Emily Miller. You can read her excellent story, ‘A Study of Perambulation’ here. You can also read an interview with Emily here.

Be inspired rather than intimidated by these two excellent stories, and please believe that you can match or exceed those standards.