Bold Types: Scottish Women’s Creative Writing Competition

Be bold and submit your short stories and poems to Scotland’s only free creative writing competition for women. Our theme this year is Body Positive. As ever, we are looking for diverse interpretations of this idea, so give your creative muse free rein and email your short stories and poems of up to 1,000 words to info@womenslibrary.org.uk in a Word Document or typed in the body of the e-mail with ‘Bold Types Competition Entry’ in the subject line. You can enter once in each category and it’s completely free to enter. The closing date for entries is Friday 10th November.

Shortlisted writers will read their stories on 30th November in our Bold Types Creative Writing Showcase event. Our wonderfully supportive and encouraging panel of judges at the event include: acclaimed short story writer and novelist Anne Donovan; writer and intersectional feminist Sim Bajwa; Zoe Strachan, award-winning writer and tutor on the postgraduate creative writing programme at the University of Glasgow; and GWL’s own librarian, Wendy Kirk. Winners will be announced on the night and prizes include a one to one mentoring session with one of our judges and a selection of covetable books. You can read the work of our 2016 winners here.

Do you want to get involved but need a bit of help? Have no fear because our Bold Types workshops are here to help you be bold! We have two Creative Writing For Fearties sessions on Thursday 7th September and Thursday 5th October, the ideal place to fire up your literary mojo, discover your poetic powers and story strengths with some thought-provoking writing exercises. If your work is almost there, perhaps our Editing Mistress-Class is for you? This session will support you to polish your writing gem until it sparkles.

Closing date: Friday 10th November at 5pm.

Submitting your work: email your short stories and poems of up to 1,000 words to info@womenslibrary.org.uk in a Word Document or typed in the body of the e-mail with ‘Bold Types Competition Entry’ in the subject line.  Writers retain full copyright of their work.

Supported by Book Week Scotland.

 

36 Comments

  • Posted 8th September, 2017 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Is there somewhere we can read the shortlisted pieces from previous years?

    • Posted 12th September, 2017 at 9:38 am | Permalink
      Hannah Wright

      Hi Stella. We’re checking permissions with the authors and should hopefully be able to publish these online this week.

      • Posted 26th September, 2017 at 11:43 am | Permalink
        Martine Macmillan

        Have they been published somewhere on this site? I’d like to read them.

  • Posted 11th September, 2017 at 6:54 pm | Permalink
    Ama

    Is this open to women of Scottish heritage living abroad?

    • Posted 12th September, 2017 at 9:39 am | Permalink
      Hannah Wright

      Hi Ama,

      Yes, anyone who identifies as being Scottish is welcome to submit.

      Best wishes,

      Hannah

  • Posted 12th September, 2017 at 7:46 pm | Permalink
    Martine Macmillan

    I was born French, moved to Scotland, married a Scottish man and took British citizenship. Do I qualify?

    • Posted 13th September, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink
      Hannah Wright

      Hi Martine,

      Hi Martine,

      Yes, any woman who identifies as being Scottish is welcome to submit and it’s at each entrants discretion. Good luck!

      Best wishes,

      Hannah

  • Posted 12th September, 2017 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    This sounds great! Will share online and maybe muster the words to enter too!

  • Posted 12th September, 2017 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    hello
    I would like to know if you accept submissions (in English, of course) from foreigners living outside UK? Thank you!

    • Posted 13th September, 2017 at 9:25 am | Permalink
      Hannah Wright

      Hi Cristina,

      We have the loose criteria that if you identify as being Scottish, whether you live here or live abroad, then you can enter. So this is at your own discretion and if you wish to enter, please do.

      Best wishes,

      Hannah

  • Posted 12th September, 2017 at 10:01 pm | Permalink
    Julia

    Hi,
    Do you require a cover letter on top of the submission?

    • Posted 13th September, 2017 at 9:20 am | Permalink
      Hannah Wright

      Hi Julia!

      No, just a short email with either a word doc attached or the text in the body of the email.

      Best wishes, Hannah

  • Posted 13th September, 2017 at 4:42 pm | Permalink
    Sahrish

    Hi Hannah,

    is story a must ?? cant we just write like a book on different topics?

    • Posted 19th September, 2017 at 9:47 am | Permalink
      Hannah Wright

      Hi Sahrish,

      All entries must be fiction but you are welcome to make a story from a topic you are interested in. Does this answer your question?

      Best wishes,

      Hannah

  • Posted 16th September, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Permalink
    Patricia

    How many poems are you allowed to submit?

    • Posted 19th September, 2017 at 9:45 am | Permalink
      Hannah Wright

      Hi Patricia,

      You can only submit one poem but because you’re allowed to enter once in each category then you can also enter a story as well if you wish.

      I hope this helps.

      Best wishes,

      Hannah

  • Posted 26th September, 2017 at 4:44 pm | Permalink
    Anni Telford

    What is the closing date for the competition I can’t seem to find it anywhere? Many thanks

    • Posted 27th September, 2017 at 11:07 am | Permalink
      Hannah Wright

      Hi Anni,
      The closing date for entries is Friday 10th November.
      Best wishes,
      Hannah

  • Posted 3rd October, 2017 at 7:52 pm | Permalink
    Stephanie Bishop

    Hello

    Really interested in this competition but I want to know if the writer retains full copyright of their work with exception of giving GWL unrestricted rights to publish and include the work in their own material? Is there a T&C page for the competition?

    Thank you

    Steph

    • Posted 4th October, 2017 at 9:14 am | Permalink
      Hannah Wright

      Hi Stephanie,

      Writers do retain full copyright and we’ll promote their work online if we can but currently have no plans to publish them anywhere else due to budgets.

      I’ll update this in the post. I hope this helps!

      Best wishes,

      Hannah

  • Posted 7th October, 2017 at 3:18 am | Permalink
    isha Wagner

    I wish to submit one poem:
    How many lines? please.
    Any specific theme?
    Thank you.

    • Posted 10th October, 2017 at 3:18 pm | Permalink
      Hannah Wright

      Hi Isha,

      The theme this year is Body Positive and there is no line limit, just a word limit of 1,000 words.

      Best wishes,

      Hannah

  • Posted 9th October, 2017 at 7:07 pm | Permalink
    Daniele

    Hi. I moved from Europe to Scotland when I was three and have lived here ever since. Am I qualified to enter, or do you have to be Scottish- born?

    • Posted 10th October, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Permalink
      Hannah Wright

      Hi Daniele,

      Yes, you are definitely eligible to submit! Whether you’re born in Scotland or just live or work here, we’d love as many people as possible to submit.

      Best wishes,

      Hannah

  • Posted 9th October, 2017 at 7:11 pm | Permalink
    Maria

    Was wondering if there is an age limit? Is this competition open only to those 18+?

    • Posted 10th October, 2017 at 3:23 pm | Permalink
      Hannah Wright

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks so much for your question. We’d love young women to enter the competition so there’s no age limit. Hope this helps.

      Best wishes,

      Hannah

  • Posted 23rd October, 2017 at 4:26 pm | Permalink
    Clare

    Hi there,

    just checking – should we have our name and contact details on a Word doc entry or leave these details only in the body of the accompanying email?

    Thanks.

    • Posted 24th October, 2017 at 11:36 am | Permalink
      GWL

      Hi Clare – just put your contact details in the email, thank you!

  • Posted 15th November, 2017 at 9:39 am | Permalink
    Medi Wilkinson

    Hi there :-)

    I have submitted a poem into the competition.

    If I am successful in being shortlisted- roughly when will I be notified?

    Many thanks and warm wishes

    Medi Wilkinson

    • Posted 21st November, 2017 at 12:42 pm | Permalink
      GWL

      Hello – we’re in the process of contacting the shortlisted writers (& other applicants) this week.

  • Posted 15th November, 2017 at 9:45 am | Permalink
    Medi Wilkinson

    Also I did not enter my personal details as I thought my e mail would be a sufficient form of contact?

    Is this a problem? :-/ Hopefully not!

    Kind regards :-)

    Medi Wilkinson

  • Posted 16th November, 2017 at 10:39 am | Permalink
    A Tait

    Dear GWL, your email seems to be rejecting mine, so I will post my question here: could you tell us when will be the finalists are set to be announced?

    • Posted 21st November, 2017 at 12:42 pm | Permalink
      GWL

      Hello – we’re in the process of contacting the shortlisted writers (& other applicants) this week.

  • Posted 16th November, 2017 at 2:26 pm | Permalink
    Andrea McMahon

    Hi there,

    I was just wondering when you’re decision will be made or if had already been made on which short stories will be short listed?

    Thanks
    Andrea

    • Posted 21st November, 2017 at 12:42 pm | Permalink
      GWL

      Hello – we’re in the process of contacting the shortlisted writers (& other applicants) this week.

  • Posted 17th November, 2017 at 8:05 am | Permalink
    Medi Wilkinson

    Hi there :-)
    I have submitted a poem into the competition.
    If I am successful in being shortlisted- roughly when will I be notified?
    Many thanks and warm wishes
    Medi Wilkinson
    P,s also I did not submit my details except name as I thought an e mail would be a sufficient form of contact. Is this a problem? :-/ hopefully not!!

    Kind regards

    Medi Wilkinson

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