HISSAC Highlands and Islands Short Story Association and Writing Competition

Competition Details

We hold an Annual Short Story Competition with a First Prize of 400
Second & Third Prizes of 50

First Prize 150

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

All these winning stories will be placed on the website.Entry into the competition will be assumed to give tacit agreement to this, unless we are asked explicitly not to do so.

Thank you to all our 2016 entrants.
Here are our Shortlists for the 2016 Competition:

Short Story Shortlist Flash Fiction Shortlist

Longlists for the 2016 Competitions
Short Stories

Flash Fiction

Winners will be announced on 1st November

Deadline for next competitions: July 31st 2017


Please read the rules carefully before you submit your stories.


Please click on the relevant link to enter using Paypal or Credit/Debit Card facilities; Once your payment details are entered and the transaction complete click on the Return to HISSAC link and you will be directed to the submissions page where you can upload your story\stories

If you add several options to your cart (for example one short story and one flash fiction) and, after submitting one you are not given the option to submit the other, then please send your entry/entries as attachments or in the body of the email to


Send entry with cheque made out to HISSAC to: 20 Lochslin Place, Balintore, Easter Ross, Scotland IV20 1UP
If you would like acknowledgement of arrival, please include SAE


Pay using the Paypal or Credit/Debit Card facility as for On-Line Submissions, or send a cheque to the address as for entering by post, then send an email detailing your payment method, along with your story as an attachment (.doc .docx .pdf) to: info@hissac.co.uk

To read last year's winning entries, please click this link:


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. For details, please click on the link.

The London Magazine

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Closing date is in September. Check website for details.
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Mslexia Women's Annual Short Story Competition is for previously unpublished stories of up to 2,200 words by women writers.
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