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How to enter the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition and The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing

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  1. Finalise your story (stories). Carefully proofread your story. Make sure it is 1500 words or less (excluding the title). Put the number of words at the end of the story.
  2. Check that you cannot be identified by anything in the story pages. You must not be identifiable from anything in the story or included in the story pages. If  your name appears anywhere in the story pages it will be disqualified. 
  3. Make your payment  ​Entry to the competition is via donation of £10 per story to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. Payment may be via credit/debit card, PayPal or cheque.  (see Payment  below)
  4. Complete your entry form Copy and paste the entry form below or download the form. If you save the form to your computer and then open it from the file you should be able to fill in the form on your computer.
  5. Are you applying for the Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing? Everyone who enters for the Isobel Lodge Award is automatically entered in the main competition. To qualify for the award you must be an unpublished writer who was born in Scotland, or is living or studying in Scotland. If you are applying for this award remember to tick the box. Read more about  The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing
  6. Are you a member of the Scottish Arts Club? If so you may also qualify for the member's award. Remember to tick the box.
  7. Submit:  Send your entry form and story to shortstory@scottishartsclub.co.uk    Remember: All story submissions must be digital. We do not accept hard-copy entries. Even if you have decided to pay by cheque you must still send your entry form and story by email to shortstory@scottishartsclub.co.uk  
Important: 

When making your payment please do not choose to remain anonymous. If you do we may not be able to link your payment to your story. There is an option that allows you to refuse further contact without remaining annonymous. 

Need help?

If you have difficulty in reproducing your story as a Word or PDF document, or if you have any other questions about entry to the competition please contact us at shortstory@scottishartsclub.co.uk

Pay your entry fee (£10 per story) to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust

Entry to the competition costs £10 per story, donated to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. All proceeds are used to support the arts in Scotland.

To pay your fee by credit/debit card or PayPal
Click the button 'Pay by Credit/Debit Card or PayPal' to donate £10 per story on the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) website. When paying, please do not choose the option on the form to remain anonymous. If you do choose this option we will not be able to link your payment to your story. These payments do not qualify for Gift Aid.

To pay your fee by cheque
Payment by cheque is possible if it is drawn on a UK bank account. Make your cheque payable to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust and for £10 per story entered. On the back of the cheque write your email address and the title of your story.
Send the cheque to:
The SAC Short Story Competition
Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust
24 Rutland Square
Edinburgh EH1 2BW, UK
Pay by Credit/Debit Card or PayPal

If you experience any problems

Send us your entry form and story by email before the noon 3rd April deadline and we will still accept it and sort out payment later.

Short Story Awards Entry Form

Please copy, paste and complete this form
​Any queries? Contact us at shortstory@scottishartsclub.co.uk

Or download  and complete the entry form.
Download Entry Form Here
Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition Entry Form - Please complete all fields.
 Note: The £800 short story competition is open to all writers, published or unpublished. 

1. Title of story/stories: (If entering more than one story please put each title on a separate line)





2. £500 Isobel Lodge Award  If you would also like to be considered for the Isobel Lodge Award, please answer the follwoing:  I was born in Scotland Yes______ No_______
My primary residence is in Scotland Yes______ No_______
I am studying in Scotland Yes______ No_______
I have never had a work of fiction published Agree______ Disagree_______
NOTE: Writers may still qualify for the Isobel Lodge New Scottish Writer Award if they have self-published a work of fiction or had non-fiction work published commercially or in a trade/academic magazine or journal.

​3. Personal information:
    Name
    Email Address:                                                                     
    Telephone/Mobile:
    Address: Street:                                                                  
                     Street:
    Town/County/State
    Post Code:
    Country (If in the UK state England, N. Ireland, Scotland or Wales)

4.  Member's award: Are you a member of the Scottish Arts Club? Yes______ No_______

5. Discovery: How did you find out about the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition? 
Facebook Yes______ No_______
Twitter Yes______ No_______
Advertisement (Please name magazine/newsletter):
Other (please specify):

6. Please confirm the following:
(a) I have read the terms and conditions for entering the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition:   Yes______ No_______
(b) I have paid my entry fee by Credit/Debit Card______ PayPal______ Cheque______
(c) I want to receive more information about the Scottish Arts Club   _____________


7. I confirm the truth of all statements and responses. Yes__________