It looks like we’re going to be stuck indoors for a while yet, but at least that frees up some time to get writing! And in light of this, Ringwood is proud to announce the launch of its first ever short story competition.

We want to celebrate up and coming young writers in Scotland, and so the competition will be open to all writers aged 18-29 either based in Scotland, or who have previously resided in Scotland. Entry is £2, entries must be short stories with a max word limit of 3000, and the deadline is 30th November. Winners shall be announced in December.

As well as publication on our website the winner will receive £50, with two runners-up also receiving online publication. The plan is to run this competition annually, and when the time comes, to eventually publish our favourite shortlisted stories in a Young Scottish Writers Anthology, so winners will have the chance of seeing their work in print as well.

Best of luck to all who enter – we can’t wait to read your stories!

(Judging panel TBA)

Full Terms and Conditions


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

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

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

The judges’ decision is final, and any entries received after the deadline (30th November 2020) will not be considered.

No postal entries shall be considered.

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

Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged, though please let us know if your piece has been accepted for publication elsewhere. And if that happens, congratulations!

There is a limit of 5 different entries by any one writer, and each separate story must be accompanied by a £2 entry fee