HISSAC Highlands and Islands Short Story Association and Writing Competition

Short Story Rules


  • Closing date each year: 31st July
  • Maximum Word Count: 2,000
  • Entry Fee: 5 per story, 12 for 3, 18 for 5 - you can enter short stories and flash fiction at the same time
  • The theme is open, with no link to Scotland needed by either entrant or theme
  • We enjoy both conventional and unusual story lines, and positively encourage the latter
  • Stories must not have been previously published or won earlier awards
  • A long list will be posted on the website at the start of October, a short list in the middle of October, and the winner announced on 1st November
  • This is a competition for amateur writers, meaning people who don't earn their living from writing and who are not professionally published in any major capacity; if in doubt please contact us before entering
  • When sending attachments Word.docs are the preferred format, or you can put your story in the body of the email
  • Please do not put your name on the story itself, but include a contact sheet with name, contact details and story title
  • All entries should be single-sided & double-spaced, using a plain 12 point font
  • If sending by post, please use paperclips not staples
  • PLEASE NOTE: as of 1st March 2018 we will no longer be using the electronic upload facility but will require you to send your work as attachments or in the body of an email. You can still pay by Paypal