The 50-Word Fiction Competition | Scottish Book Trust

I’m late to the party as I’ve only just discovered the Scottish Book Trusts’s 50-Word Fiction Competition. I can’t remember how I got here, but I’m glad I have. Anything that can gee me up and get me to write a bit more is a Good Thing™.

Pretty, isn't it?

The February 2017 image prompt for the Scottish Book Trust’s 50-word fiction competition.

Every month they offer a different writing prompt for entrants to take a crack at. The image here is this month’s prompt to “write a story based on this image.” What will you write?



Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o’ a grace
As lang’s my arm.

Address to a Haggis, verse 1, by Robert Burns.

Haggis is intimately associated with Scotland and Burns Night, which is held today, 25th March. Not by coincidence, this is Robert Burns’ birthday. So, in honour of my Scottish heritage and that fact that I love haggis, here’s a poll for you.

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