Writing Opportunities

Here’s a list of writing competitions and other opportunities which accept submissions in Scottish Gaelic. You can find more information about each opportunity on the websites listed below. See also the monthly 50 Word Fiction competition here.
If we have missed out any opportunities, please email us and we will add them to the list.

Wigtown Poetry Prize 2023: Call for submissions

Deadline: Wednesday 31st May 2023
Website: Wigtown Poetry Prize

The 2023 Wigtown Poetry Prize is now open for entries and winners will be announced at the prize-giving event at Wigtown Book Festival on 30th September. Wigtown Poetry Prize welcomes entries from poets wherever they may live, and separate categories celebrate the best of Scottish Gaelic and Scots language poetry (£500 prize for the winner of each category; £200 runner-up prize). Those entering the Scottish Gaelic and Scots categories can also submit their poems to be considered for the main Wigtown Poetry Prize (£1,500) free of charge. See website for further information.

Causeway / Cabhsair: Call for submissions

Deadline: Wednesday 31st May 2023
Website: Causeway / Cabhsair

Causeway / Cabhsair is open for submissions. The magazine publishes new writing by Irish and Scottish writers in all languages of both countries, and the editors seek to publish both new and established writers. Send up to 3,000 words of prose or up to 6 poems on any theme. See website for further information.

Scottish Books International: Author International Travel Fund

Deadline: none
Website: Scottish Books International

With support from Creative Scotland, this fund has been established by Scottish Books International to support writers who have been invited overseas to promote their work. It aims to (i) increase opportunities for Scottish writers to attend festivals and other promotion or exchange events overseas; (ii) remove barriers for Scottish writers from all backgrounds to take up these opportunities; (iii) develop relationships between Scottish writers and festivals, publishers and organisations overseas. The fund is open to practising, professional Scottish writers with a demonstrable track record of work who have an invitation to attend an event outwith the United Kingdom. A Scottish writer is defined as a writer living and working in Scotland, or a writer from Scotland but based elsewhere. Applications are welcome from the writer themselves, or from the organisation who have invited the writer. Applicants can apply for a maximum of £1,000 to support travel costs towards their trip. See website for further information.

Interpret Magazine: Submissions

Deadline: none
Website: Interpret Magazine

Interpret is Scotland’s new magazine of international literature: open to anyone, anywhere, writing in any language. The magazine is open to any genre or form of poem or short story. Please send no more than six poems or three short stories per submission. The limit for short fiction is 2,500 words. Interpret accepts submissions in any language from anywhere in the world. If you write in a language other than French, Portuguese, Spanish or Italian, your work must be accompanied by a full translation into English. All successful submissions will be published first in their original language, then in English translation. A fee of £10 is offered for published submissions. See website for further information.