Scotland in 2030 - Short story competition

Cymera, Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing and Shoreline of Infinity, Scotland’s award-winning science fiction magazine are teaming up again to host our short story competition in our quest to discover new writing talent right here in Scotland.

This year we are supported by Scotland’s Futures Forum, the Scottish Parliament’s think-tank, and proud to be part of their Scotland 2030 Programme. The programme is an aspirational exploration of Scotland’s culture and society in 2030 and beyond – looking beyond the immediate horizons to the kind of society we want in the future.

The theme is therefore:

Scotland 2030

What could life in a Future Scotland be like? How will we be living, young, adult, mature – what are the possibilities? What will be Scotland’s place in the world?
Remember, we are looking for a speculative story. Explore this future Scotland through the eyes of your character, tell us their story.

For more information about the Scotland 2030 programme visit

Awards will be made in two age categories:
  • 14 to 17 year old
  • 18+

The winning writers in each age-range category will be awarded £75. The competition is open only to writers who are unpublished and who live in Scotland.

For further information, please contact (Noel Chidwick), or visit

The deadline is Sunday 15 March 2020 at 18:00.

Posted by Editor on 28 January 2020 at 09:53

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