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Scotland 2030 Programme: Writing Competition

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As part of the Futures Forum’s Scotland 2030 Programme – our aspirational exploration of Scotland’s culture and society in 2030 and beyond – we are delighted to be supporting a short story competition to help us imagine the future.

We are teaming up with Cymera, Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing, and Shoreline of Infinity, Scotland’s award-winning science fiction magazine, whose writing competition helps discover new writing talent in Scotland.

The Cymera Prize for Speculative Short Fiction is open to any unpublished writer living in Scotland and will be awarded in two age categories:

  • 14 to 17 years old
  • 18 and older

The theme for this year’s competition is “Scotland in 2030”. What could life in a future Scotland be like? How will we be living – young, adult, mature – and what are the possibilities? What will be Scotland’s place in the world?


The winning writer in each age-range category will be awarded £75.

Their stories will be published in the Shoreline of Infinity Magazine, and they will also receive a complimentary ticket to a Cymera writing workshop of their choice.

There are also prizes for the runners-up.

The competition and its winners will also be celebrated in a special event with the Futures Forum during the Cymera Festival in June 2020, where the winning stories will be read out by professional actors.

For full information on the competition is available on the Cymera website: