Bold Types Scottish Women’s Creative Writing Competition

Be bold and submit your short stories and poems to our annual writing competition. We’re following Book Week Scotland theme’s this year – CELEBRATION – and we can’t wait to see what you conjure up!

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Email your short stories and poems of up to 1000 words (either in a Word Document or typed in the body of the e-mail) to with Bold Types Competition Entry in the subject line. You can enter once in each category, with a new piece of writing that hasn’t been submitted elsewhere. The closing date for entries is 5pm on Thursday 14th October.

Shortlisted writers will read their stories and poems on Thursday 18th November at our online Bold Types Creative Writing Showcase. Our wonderfully supportive and encouraging panel of judges include poet and filmmaker Sunnah Khan, member of 4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE poetry collective; writer Noren Haq, whose short story features in the recent anthology ‘A made in heaven: Muslim women write about love and desire’; 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!

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 an online Creative Writing & Editing Mistress Class on Wednesday 29th September, the ideal place to try out some fantastic fiction and ravishing rhymes with thought-provoking writing exercises. If your work is almost there and you’d like some editing encouragement, this session will also support you to polish your writing gem until it sparkles.

Closing date: Thursday 14th October, 5pm

Submitting your work: email your short stories and poems of up to 1,000 words to 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.

Who can enter? If you are a woman* who was born in Scotland or you live or have lived in Scotland, you can enter the Bold Types competition. *This is inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people.

Supported by Book Week Scotland 2021.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Entries received after 5pm Thursday 14th October 2021 will not be eligible for the Bold Types competition.
  2. Writers may submit only once to each category (one story and one poem), with a new piece of writing that hasn’t been submitted elsewhere.
  3. Writers retain full copyright of their work and we will only publish work on with the permission of each winning writer.
  4. The competition is open to women residents of Scotland, women who have previously lived in Scotland, or women born in Scotland of any age.
  5. There is no entry fee, no purchase necessary and you do not need to attend the Bold Types workshop to enter this competition.



  • Posted 12th August, 2021 at 7:41 am | Permalink
    Anne Macarthur

    I may just have missed it but I can’t find what the categories are for the Bold Types competition.

    • Posted 13th August, 2021 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      Hi Anne – the theme for this year is Celebration, and we have two categories: short stories and poetry. You can submit one piece in each category.

  • Posted 16th September, 2021 at 10:27 pm | Permalink
    Jan hannah

    Can I submit my children’s book?

    • Posted 17th September, 2021 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jan – if you feel it fits the theme of Celebration, and is less than 1000 words, you can submit it as a short story.

  • Posted 22nd September, 2021 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi there,

    Can I just check? Does the 1000 word limit include your title and name or is it just the text of the story that counts as 1000?


    • Posted 22nd September, 2021 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Hello – the 1000 word limit does not include the title or your name.

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