HISSAC Highlands and Islands Short Story Association and Writing Competition

Competition Details


Prize Money in our Annual Competitions

We run a Short Story Competition & a Flash Fiction Competition

Both have a First Prize of £250
Second Prize: £50
Third Prize: £25

There will also be several Highly Commended places in both competitions.

All these stories will be placed on the website.

Deadline for next competitions: July 31st 2017
Competitions open on March 1st 2017

You can enter online, by email or post, and send a mixture of Flash Fiction and Shorts

To read the rules and how to enter please click on these links:

Short Story rules and how to enter
Flash Fiction rules and how to enter

If you're ready now to submit your entries online then click this link

Thank you to all our 2016 entrants.
To find the results and read the winning stories please click here

Other Short Story Competitions you may be interested in:

The London Magazine runs a prestigious short story competition each year, as well as a poetry competition. £500 First prize plus publication. Nex closing date will be Autumn 2017. For more details, please click on the link.

The London Magazine

Mslexia Women's Competition Season for previously unpublished work
Our Poetry (single poem) and Poetry Pamphlet competitions (top prize £2,000) both have a closing date of 19 June.

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2017 is for poems of any length and in any style.

Judge: Sinead Morrissey
1st Prize: £2,000 plus two optional extras: A mentoring session with the Poetry Editor at Seren, and a week’s writing retreat at Cove Park.
PLUS Special prize: £500 for the best poem by a previously unpublished woman poet.
2nd Prize: £400; 3rd Prize: £200
17 Runners up: £25 each
Entry Fee: £7 for up to 3 poems
All winning poems will be published in the September 2017 issue of Mslexia.
CLOSING DATE: 19 June 2017

Our Novel Competition (top prize £5,000) has a closing date of 18 September
For more details click on the link below:
Our MsLexia Short Story Competition has closed for 2017, but details of next year's competition can be found here:
Mslexia Short Story Competition

Less Than 100 Words
Keep your hand in with this weekly, themed flash fiction competition.
99p per entry, £20 for the winner

250 Words
Regular competitions for stories of exactly 250 words.