Book Week Scotland

Flash Fiction Competition 2016

Book Week Scotland 2016

Get inspired by one of four fabulous images from the Special Collections Centre's rare books and archives and send us your 500-word story.

This year three of our competition images are slightly spooky to fit in with our "Month of Goth" events theme for Explore Your Archvies and Book Week Scotland. However it's up to you whether you want to write a sinister story or go in a completely different direction. The story is up to you!

Children's category

Ages 7-13. Judged by prize-winning author Caroline Clough. The winner will receive a £10 book voucher and a goodie bag kindly provided by Waterstones.

Adult category

Ages 14+. Judged by award-winning author and creative writing lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, Wayne Price. The winner will receive £50 book tokens.

Closing date for entries: Wednesday 26th October 2016

Read the competition rules: Flash Fiction Competition rules 2016

Download the entry form: Flash Fiction Competition entry form 2016

Send your entries by email to

All entries will be published on the University of Aberdeen website when the results of the competition are announced during Book Week Scotland (21st-27th November 2016).

The images

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Caroline Clough's 10 tips for writing Flash Fiction

Wondering how to get started? Read Caroline's tips for writing a Flash Fiction story for the children's competition: 10 tips for writers

About our Judges

Caroline Clough

Caroline Clough is the author of award-winning children’s books Red Fever and Black Tide. Originally from Yorkshire she has lived in Aberdeenshire for over thirty years, working as an Animal Behaviourist and a writer of children’s books and short stories for adults. Black Tide was shortlisted for the Younger Readers Category of the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2013. Silver Storm, her third novel in the Red Fever trilogy, was published in June this year.

Wayne Price Wayne Price has won many awards for his short stories and poetry. His story collection Furnace, published by Freight Books, was long listed for the Frank O’Connor Award and nominated for the Scottish First Book of the Year in 2012. His novel Mercy Seat was published in 2015 and was longlisted for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Aberdeen.