HISSAC Highlands and Islands Short Story Association and Writing Competition


We strongly believe in encouraging new talent, and also that it is imperative for writers of all stripes to get an objective and critical view of their work before submitting it to agents or publishers, or going down the digital route to publication.
To this end our Chairperson, Man Booker nominated novelist Clio Gray, who was also long listed for the Bailey's Prize 2016, has agreed to take on a number of writers to mentor.
As places are limited, please first send an outline of the project you want to work on, along with a brief sample of your work.

  • 69 for 1 long, or several shorter, short stories, up to a total of 10,000 words
  • 150 for a work in progress, up to 50,000 words
  • 250 for a novel up to 100,000 words

Once accepted onto the scheme, we will advise you on how to submit payment, which can be either by Paypal, BACs or cheque.

A good number of people who have completed HISSAC mentorships with Clio have gone on to be published;
Our latest success is Emma Timpany with her novel Travelling in the Dark

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In 2015 Lyn Farrell's The Wacky Man was not only published by Legend Press, but won the Luke Bitmead Award
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In 2014, Alex Morgan's quirky first novel Tandem won the prestigious Hookline Novel Competition which meant publication, the novel then short listed for that year's Guardian Debut Novel of the Year.

For details of Alex's book and others please visit our Success Stories page.

Joyce was in her eighties when she took part in our mentorship scheme, publication of two books a direct result

For an in-depth look at the process, here's an account of Lyn's experiences during the process of mentorship: