​​​​Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

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2017 finalists Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

Including 3 Isobel Lodge nominees 
  • Kept from the sea
  • Silent night
  • ​The Ganne t

​The winners will be announced on Saturday 14 October at our Short Story Awards Dinner ​​

Fish suppers by Susan Gray
Immortal Memory by Peter Mallett
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Kept from the Sea by Kendal Delaney
Silent Night by Jonathan Lee
Snake Bite by Michael Callaghan
The Gannet by Iain MacDonald
The Magic of the Matinee by Andrew Preskey

​​Increased prize money in 2018

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide, published and unpublished, aged over 18 years by 1 October 2018. Entries open on 1 November 2017 and close on 31 March 2018. The first prize from 2018 will be £1000 plus two runner-up awards of £100 each.

£500 Isobel Lodge Award for unpublished writers born, living or studying in Scotland. All qualified entrants to the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition may also be considered for this award which champions new Scottish writing. Read more

Stories entered for the competition should be 1,500 words or less and can be on any topic. The stories do not have to be associated with Scotland.

A team of dedicated readers assists the selection process with Alexander McCall Smith making the final selection of the winner and the runners-up. 
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​​Previous winners of the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

2016: M.A.G.D.A by Jennider West

 Jennifer West, author of 'M.A.G.D.A.', won the 2016 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition. Jennifer's story was chosen by Alexander McCall Smith as the top story. He said it was 'highly amusing... and a very fine example of how the sting in the tail can make a short story memorable.' 
M.A.G.D.A. by Jennifer West

2015: The Tale of Penelope Cupcake by Ruth Howell

"Alexander McCall Smith said he chose Ruth Howell's story, The Tale of Penelope Cupcake as the winner of the 2015 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition because "it is a very unusual short story which contains a wonderful element of surprise and delight."  
Read "The Tale of Penelope Cupcake"

2014: The Desperation Game by Sandra Ireland

Sandra Ireland's entertaining tale, The Desperation Game won for its insight, humour inventiveness and surprising twist.
Read "The Desperation Game"

2016 finalists

​​The Finalists

Two other finalists, Rosie Dodd, author of 'The Move' and Heather R. Reid who wrote 'Junk' took home commendation cheques of £100 each. All the finalists received a signed copy of an Alexander McCall Smith book and his poetry pamphlet, 'The heart of each of us.'  
The Move, by Rosie Dodd
Junk, by Heather F Reid
As Long as it Takes, by Susan Haigh
​​​Supported by the Scottish Arts Club
Lemonade, by Jane Swanson
Stardust and Stilton, by Margaret Wood