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 formats, or you can put your story in the body of the email
  • Please do not put your name on the story itself; contact details can be put in the covering email or a cover sheet if sending by post
  • 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: when sending as email attachments please use the PAYPAL facility to pay first; if sending by post you can pay either by PAYPAL or by cheque (please included PAYPAL Reference number with your entries)