NessBookFest 2023 Writing Competition


We love showcasing new writing talent. It’s one of the things that drives us to put together our wee festival every year. So what better way to celebrate new talent than to have a FREE TO ENTER ‘Future’ themed writing competition?!

NBF 2023 has a theme of ‘Future’ which entrants are encouraged to interpret however they choose in their short story.

There are 3 categories:

Adults – up to 2,000 words

Secondary Students – up to 1000 words

Primary Students – up to 500 words

Poetry and prose entries in English, Scots or Gaelic are all encouraged.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category, with all prize winners given the opportunity to either read or have their work read at a special event at NessBookFest 2023! (More prizes to be announced soon).

How to Enter

Entry is open from now until the 30th June 2023. To enter, just send your entry as a PDF or Google Doc to with the subject ‘NBF Writing Competition’ and the category either ‘Adult’, Secondary Student’ or ‘Primary Student’.

Be sure to check the T’s&C’s below before sending your work and good luck to everyone!

Terms and Conditions

Entries should be on the theme ‘Future’

Work submitted should be prose or poetry only

Entrants should be persons normally living in the Highlands or Moray only.

All entries must be made electronically, by email to 

Please submit your work as a PDF or Google Doc.

Only one entry per person

Submissions from under 16s should be submitted by either a guardian or teacher. School submissions should also include the child’s name, school name, school year group, and school teacher’s name.

Deadline for entries is Midnight 30th June 2023 with winners being announced by 31st August 2023.

All results are published on the NBF website. Winners will be notified through originating email address.

Winners will be judged by NBF committee members.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

No feedback will be available.

Copyright of any NBF competition entry remains with the author, but NBF reserves the unrestricted right to publish the winning and runner-up entries on its website and in any related material for PR purposes.

Entries should be in English (or English dialect), Scots or Gaelic and should not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Entries that have won or are under consideration in other fiction competitions are not eligible.

Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material; NBF reserves the right to disqualify entries containing such matter. Entries should be suitable to read at NBF 2023 for audiences of all ages.

Entries should be original works and should not be a translation of another author’s work or infringe on the rights of any other party.

NBF accepts no responsibility if entrants ignore these terms and conditions and entrants agree to indemnify NBF against any claim by any third party from any breach of these terms and conditions.

Data gathered via the competition shall only be used for the purpose of the competition and shall be deleted 28 days after the 2023 festival.

We welcome entries from all genders and nationalities normally living in the Highlands or Moray.


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