HISSAC Highlands and Islands Short Story Association and Writing Competition



This year's winning stories were a very creative and unusual bunch.
Amongst our top-listers we have a story in the form of a job application, a man who believes he is turning into a tiger, an almost documentary style in-the-life-of-a-pub, and of course our winning story, which has managed to build snatches of contemporary dialogue and a series of 'what ifs' into a brilliant and darkly escalating story that exemplifies its time and place to a tee.

Please click on the story to read it in full.
For previous years' stories please go to the bottom of the page.

Winner 2013

Tracey Iceton Butterfly Wings, Raw Eggs and What Ifs
Please note: there is some strong language & imagery in this story that may not be suitable for younger readers

Joint 2nd place

David Ford First and Last
Leo Cullen There Were Always 5 X's

Highly Commended

Burning Bright by Naomi Rossetter
In C by Martin Nathan
The Application by Luke Melia
The Turner Exhibition by Barbara Whittle