Glasgow Women’s Library Bold Types Writing Competition


Bold Types: Scottish Women’s Creative Writing Competition

So, cast your mind into the future and e-mail 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 Friday 30th October 2020.

Shortlisted writers will read their stories and poems on Thursday 19th November at online Bold Types Creative Writing Showcase. Panel of judges include acclaimed poet Theresa Munoz, recipient of the Muriel  Spark Centenary Award; novelist and writer Alison Miller, whose recent work reflects life, language and literature in Orkney, 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 the judges and a selection of covetable books!



Do you want to get involved but need a bit of help? Have no fear because  Bold Types workshops are here to help you be bold!

Creative Writing for Fearties session on Thursday 10th 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, keep an eye out for Editing Mistress-Class this October. This session will support you to polish your writing gem until it sparkles.

Closing date:

Friday 30th October, 2020 at 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.

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