HISSAC Highlands and Islands Short Story Association and Writing Competition

Success Stories

Short story writing is only the start for many people - a jumping-off point into the world or professional writing.

Quite a number of our previous entrants, members, and those who have taken part in our mentorship scheme have gone on to have their works published, and here are some of them...


Our Ten Year Celebration Anthology

A wonderful collection of stories from previous winners and runners up

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The Threat Level Remains Severe by Rowena Macdonald

A smart summer read, and a satirical look behind the doors of Westminster

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The Huntingfield Paintress by Pamela Holmes

Click on the cover for reviews and press release

Website & blog Buy This Book

Tandem by Alex Morgan

Tandem won the Hookline Award in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Debut Novel 2014 Award

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Talk of the Toun by Helen MacKinven

Talk of the Toun will be published by Thunderpoint in October 2015; a coming of age novel set in Falkirk in the 1980s

Read More Helen MacKinven

Returning: The Journey of Alexander Sinclair by Sharon Gunason Pottinger

Returning is the story of a journalist returning to Scotland from Afghanistan

Read More Sharon's blog



Harriet Kline, who won the HISSAC Short Story Award in 2012 with her story Ghost, went on to win The London Magazine Short Story Competition in 2013 and was appointed a judge in the same competition in 2014.
You can buy the 2013 compilation of winning London Magazine Stories Here
And here's Harriet's website: www.harrietkline.com


Gold Mohur by Joyce Mackenzie

The Spike Snaguinetti mysteries www.thomasmogford.com

Neil Sentance, who came 2nd in 2008 with his story The Colour of Days now has a book published on the riverlands of his native Lincolnshire, exploring the history of his family and the landscape that shaped them.

Water and Sky

More on Lane Ashfeldt

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