Monday, 15 March 2021

Creative Writing Competition: Hopes and Dreams


We are excited to announce East Lothian Libraries Creative Competition! We are inviting submissions now for the theme of ‘Hopes and Dreams’ 

The competition asks for writing of up to 1000 words and can include fiction, non-fiction, poetry or prose. We know that East Lothian has a wealth of writers from all walks of life, published and unpublished, those writing in regular groups and those scribbling away at home who haven’t shared their work before. We would love to hear from you.

Ideas & Prompts

  • Your hopes for the future in a post Covid world
  • What would a world without hopes and dreams be like?
  • Someone who inspired you to reach for the stars and live your dreams
  • A story based on a completely weird dream you have had
  • If you could grant yourself one wish what would it be?



First prize: A huge pile of books and published on East Lothian Libraries Blog

Second prize: A slightly smaller pile of books and published on East Lothian Libraries Blog

Third prize: Yep you guessed it – a smaller pile books and published on East Lothian        Libraries Blog


Deadline for Submissions: Friday 28 May (midnight) via email


Submission Guidelines

Unfortunately we can only accept submissions from East Lothian based writers.

  • Word limit: 1,000 (maximum).
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Please put your name, email address and telephone number at the footer of each page.
  • Email your story as a word document or pdf  
  • Font size: Arial 12 point
  • Submissions by email only. No hard copies, please.
  • Only one submission allowed per person. Simultaneous submissions will not be accepted. 
  • This competition is only open to people over the age of 18.
  • All submissions must be original and unpublished

By submitting your work to East Lothian Libraries you agree in the first instance to allow East Lothian Libraries to publish the story on our blog or social media pages.

Submissions from East Lothian Libraries Staff cannot be accepted. We will however accept submissions from East Lothian Council employees not employed by Libraries and Customer Services.


Happy writing everyone, we cannot wait to see what you come up with!

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