50 Word Fiction

A gold and black patterned butterfly sitting on an orange flower.

Scottish Book Trust’s 50 Word Fiction competition for September is now open for entries. This month, the prompt is to write a 50 word story featuring a butterfly. The winner of the best Gaelic story receives a prize from The Gaelic Books Council and the winning story will be published on this page.

Deadline: 26th September 2023

Ready? Steady? Write! Entry form here.


Alasdair Campbell was the winner of the Gaelic 50 Word Fiction competition for May. Entrants were challenged to write a story, in no more than 50 words, featuring an apple. Congratulations, Alasdair, we hope you enjoy the prize supplied by the Gaelic Books Council!

And here is Alasdair’s prize-winning story:

A shiny red and yellow apple sitting on top of three books, against a dark background.

AI, dè th’ ann an ubhal? Meas cruinn, a ghabhas ithe. Gheibhear feadhainn dhearg is uaine, agus tuitidh iad far Malus domestica. Seadh. Ach am blas! Searbh, milis, ciont na mheadhain? Mar a thuit fear fo shùilean Newton. Rùsg mìn fo do chorragan. Aidh, aidh thuirt an AI.

AI, what is an apple? A round fruit, that can be eaten. It may be red or green, and they come from Malus domestica. Yes. Oh, but the taste! Sour, sweet, guilt in the middle? As one fell before Newton’s eyes. Smooth skin under your fingers. Aye, aye, said the AI.

[Gaelic Books Council translation]