HISSAC Highlands and Islands Short Story Association and Writing Competition

Welcome to HISSAC

HISSAC was founded in 2004 by novelist and short story writer Clio Gray, (nominated for the International Booker in 2015 for The Anatomist's Dream) www.cliogray.com to encourage new and emergent writers, not only in Scotland but wherever they might be. To this end we have established:

  • An Annual Open Short Story Competition, 400 First Prize
  • An Annual Flash Fiction Competition, 50 First Prize
  • A mentorship scheme, offering you the chance to have your work scrutinized by a professional, published writer with the aim of preparing it for submission to agents and publishers
  • A database of writers who can send their work to each other for honest, unbiased opinion

To join HISSAC all you need do is e-mail us your name and contact details and an outline of what you write - short stories, novels, or whatever else - along with any other information you feel might be relevant.

There's no joining fee, but we do encourage members to enter a short story into the Annual Short Story Competition, as that is our only source of funding.


HISSAC is particularly dedicated to people who don't already have a Writers' Group on their doorstep, but we, at HISSAC, are very keen to promote local Wrirters' groups. One of the best ways to go about setting up your own, or finding out which ones already exist, is to contact NAWG, the National Association of Writers Groups.


To visit their website, click here: NAWG
  • We've just brought out an anthology of a great many of the stories we've had entered into the Short Story Competition over the years to celebrate Ten years of HISSAC.
    What is hugely encouraging is how many of our entrants and the people who've taken part in our mentorship program have gone on to achieve such great things. So for all of you out there let me say this: never give up, keep on going, and who knows where your writing will finally lead you.

    Success Stories