Friday, 3 April 2020

V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

This prize was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century, and to preserve a tradition encompassing Pritchett’s mastery of narrative.

The annual prize of £1,000 goes to the best unpublished short story of the year. The winning entry is also published in Prospect magazine and the RSL Review.

The short story, my father once wrote, is ‘exquisitely difficult’. For the author, that is. All the same, I hope that many, many people will enter this competition in his memory. And if they want encouragement and inspiration they may find it in one of his own short stories. There are so many to choose from, but I would particularly recommend ‘The Evils of Spain’, one of my favourites, from the very beginning of his amazingly long writing career, or the wonderful ‘Cocky Olly’, written more than half a century later.

Oliver Pritchett
The 2020 Prize – open for entries

We are delighted to announce that the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize, for best unpublished short story, is open for its twenty-first year. The winner will receive £1,000 and the winning entry will be published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review.
Stories must be written in English and be between 2,000 and 4,000 words.
Entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth (see list of countries here) and likely to be available for a prize-giving event in autumn 2020
Stories entered for the competition must not have been published previously (including online) or broadcast in any other medium
Multiple entries to this competition are permitted but must be submitted and paid for individually (the fee is £7.50 per entry to cover administration costs)
Entrants must be over 18 at the time of submission

Click below to read the full entry guidelines and submit your story via our Submittable site:

To submit by post, please send your story (enclosing a completed entry form and cheque or postal order for £7.50) to:

VSP, The Royal Society of Literature
Somerset House, Strand
London, WC2R 1LA

Closing date for entries: Friday 3 July, midnight 2020 (BST).
Entries for low-income writers

The RSL is committed to increasing accessibility and supporting writers of all incomes. As such, we are offering 50 free entries to low-income writers based in the UK.

To apply for a free entry to this year’s prize please e-mail using the subject ‘Free VSP Entry Application’ and in the body of the email include your name, postcode and up to 200 words on why you are eligible for a free entry, along with supporting documentation as proof of financial eligibility such as: Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Benefit, Income Support; Working Tax Credit; proof of being a full-time student; Housing Benefit; proof of being a full-time carer. All details will be kept in the strictest confidence and have no bearing on your Prize entry. Applications with no supporting evidence will not be accepted.

Applicants have until 5pm on 19 June to apply for a free entry. However, we recommend applying earlier as these entries are offered on a first come, first served basis. You will be informed by email as to whether you have been accepted and then given instructions on how to enter. Please do not send your story to us prior to this. Successful applicants will have until midnight on Friday 3 July (the same as the general entry deadline) to submit their story to the competition. Please note, if successful you can only submit one free entry into the competition. Additional stories will need to submitted via the general submission portal at the bottom of this page (£7.50 per entry).

We are grateful to to Prospect Magazine for publishing the winning entry online.

If you have any media enquiries, please contact Annette Brook, Communications Manager: or call 020 7845 4680.

The Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2020

Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is currently accepting entries for the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2020. They wish to announce that the closing date for receipt of entries has been extended to Friday 1st May 2020 and the requirement to attend a presentation ceremony is no longer necessary.

Annually since 1998, to celebrate this rich literary life, the Waterford Arts Office, by kind permission of the Keane family has invited entries for a previously unpublished short story to a maximum of 2000 words.

There is no entry fee, no age limit and no restriction on the subject matter.

A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner.

The revised closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 1st May 2020 at 12 noon

Full details and an entry form can be downloaded by visiting & or by contacting the Arts Office on 058 41416.

Get a direct link to Entry Form by Clicking Here.

Closing Date Friday 1st May 2020 at 12:00pm.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020


First Prize: €500

The NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2020 is organised as part of the county’s literature development programme. It is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald and by Shannonside FM.

The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald. It will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM. (Four runners-up will receive €100 each).

Closing date for entries is 15th May 2020.

Enquiries to:

Competition Rules
Short stories only will be accepted.
The competition is open to anyone over 18. All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in).
Previous first prize winners may enter but will not be eligible for the first prize.
Writers may enter up to two stories.
Typed entries (handwritten entries cannot be accepted) must be no more than 2000 words. Mark the number of words in your entry on the bottom of the page. Entries over the 2000 word limit will be automatically disqualified.
Include your name, address and contact details, plus your connection to the county. INCLUDE THESE ON A SEPARATE PAGE, NOT ON YOUR ENTRY.
There is no entry fee. All entries must be received by 15th May 2020.
The competition will be adjudicated by Orla Kelly of The Reading Room Bookshop, Carrick-on-Shannon. The judge’s decision is final.
Post your entry to: NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2020, Roscommon Arts Office, Áras an Chontae,Roscommon, F42 VR98. You may also email your entry to: .Title your email NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2020.
The shortlisted writers’ names will be announced in local media and published online at
The awards ceremony will take place on 17th June 2020 at 6pm in King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
Full Details and flyer can be downloaded at the following link: NRWA 2020 Flyer.pdf (size 160.3 KB)

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

The Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

The Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition is now open. 1st Prize: €1,000, 2nd Prize: €500, chapbook publication, 25 complimentary copies and a reading and three nights' accommodation at the 2021 Cork International Poetry Festival.


1st Prize: €1,000

2nd Prize: €500

Both winners will win a chapbook publication and 25 complimentary copies.

The winning poets are also offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at the Cork International Poetry Festival.

The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country. One of these winners will be the highest scoring manuscript entered by a poet with no solo collection (full-length or chapbook) previously published. Up to 25 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".

Manuscripts can be between 16 and 24 pages in length, in the English language and the sole work of the entrant with no pastiches, translations or versions. The poems can be in verse or prose.

There is an entrance fee of €25 for each manuscript. Entrants may enter more than one manuscript. Once entered, no alterations can be made to the submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately should your manuscript be accepted elsewhere. The winners will be selected by a panel of renowned poets.

The winning chapbooks will be published by Southword Editions and launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival. It will be offered for sale internationally through our own website, Amazon, and in selected independent book shops.

Deadline: August 31st 2020

Friday, 20 March 2020

ONLY 11 Days Left TO Enter Caterpillar

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2020!

The one and only Roger McGough
 To Judge
Dubbed the ‘patron saint of poetry’ by Carol Ann Duffy, McGough has published more than 50 books of adult's and children’s poetry. He was awarded a CBE for services to poetry and currently hosts Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4.

'McGough has done for poetry what champagne does for weddings' Time Out

'McGough is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him' The Times

About the Prize

The prize is for a single unpublished poem written by an adult for children (aged 7–11)

The poem can be of any length and on any subject.

Anyone can enter, as long as they are over 16.

Previous judges include Chrissie Gittins, Brian Moses and John Hegley.

Previous winners include Laura Mucha, Louise Greig and Coral Rumble.

The winner receives €1,000 plus publication in the summer issue of The Caterpillar.

How to enter

The entry fee is €14 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like.

You can ENTER ONLINE (where you'll be given the option to pay via PayPal or to send a cheque), or send your poem or poems along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an ENTRY FORM or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of poems attached to: The Caterpillar, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland.

Please remember to READ THE RULES of the competition before you enter.


Desperate Literature Prize - FINAL EXTENDED DEADLINE -March 29th

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020


Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 14th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE and more.

Winners are selected for both categories and awarded with £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, is also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18

Submissions close 31 August 2020


(Submissions are organised through our Submittable Platform)

£1,000 prize money for the Poetry & Short Fiction Winners
Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
Full membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
Consultation with Redhammer Management (Fiction Winner)
Selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
One year print subscription to Granta

Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines
Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words
Works published or entered elsewhere are accepted
You may enter the Award as many times as you wish
Both Poetry and Fiction entries should be written in English
For more information, read our FAQs here or for our refund policy
December 2019 – 31 August 2020: Entries open
September 2020: Judging begins
December 2020: Winners and finalists are announced
December 2020: Publication of winners and finalists in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2021

The John McGahern Award 2020

As part of the Iron Mountain Literature Festival, Leitrim County Council and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre with the support of the McGahern Estate developed the John McGahern Award to encourage the development of emerging Irish writers and to pay tribute to the exceptional contribution of John McGahern to literature, and to Leitrim.

John McGahern is one of Ireland’s most respected and celebrated authors. His fiction is critically acclaimed internationally, has been translated into many languages and has appeared in many anthologies. He was a member of Aosdána and won numerous awards, including the Irish-American Foundation Award, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and the Prix Etranger Ecureuil. He taught at universities in Ireland, England, the USA and Canada. Amongst Women, which won both the GPA and Irish Times Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a BBC television series.

The recipient of the award who will receive a two-week fully resourced residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and a stipend of €1,000, will be publicly announced on Saturday 3rd October 2020 during the festival

Who Can Apply:

This is an open call to early career writers of fiction resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Applicants must have had some fiction or short stories published in a recognised journal or anthology selected by an established publisher or editor.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted on-line through the link at the bottom of this page and must include:

A cover letter clearly and concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during your time at Annaghmakerrig.

An up to date biography.

Three samples of recent separate work of up to 500 words each.

Each sample of work should have two cover pages: the first listing the title of work and the author’s name, address, and contact details; and a second listing only the title of the work. The author’s name, other identifying information, and publication information must not appear after the first cover page.

All attachments should be in .doc, .docx or Open Office (.odt) format.

​ Works submitted are judged anonymously.

Application Deadline:

Closing date for receipt of submissions is Midnight Friday 31 July, 2020. No late applications will be considered. Applications will be acknowledged by email on receipt.

Selection Process:

Applications go before a selection committee nominated by Leitrim County Council and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. The successful applicant will be notified no later than 15 September, 2020. The recipient of the award will be publicly announced on Saturday 3rd October 2020 during the Iron Mountain Literature Festival at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon.

Make a Submission

Monday, 24 February 2020

RTÉ Short Story Competition 2020 wants your stories


RTÉ has today invited short story submissions for one of Ireland's longest established and most significant literary prizes, the RTÉ Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus.

Writers have until Friday 8th May to submit their short story which will be judged by a panel of three judges: editor, lecturer and journalist, Madeleine Keane; award-winning short story writer and previous prize-winner of the RTÉ Short Story Competition, Danielle McLaughlin; and writer and broadcaster, Vincent Woods.

Previous prize-winner and judge for 2020, Danielle McLaughlin, says: "I'll never get tired of the thrill of hearing somebody read one of my stories on the radio. A story told over the radio carries a particular intimacy, a sense that the telling of the story is a private thing between narrator and the individual listener. For the writer of the story, of course, there's the wonder of realising that the story you wrote at the kitchen table, or in a café, is being heard by thousands. I still remember the joy of getting the phone call telling me I'd been shortlisted for the competition! So for anybody who has a story they'd like to get out into the world: get your entry in. You've got nothing to lose and wonderful things might happen."

The RTÉ Short Story Competition is now open for entries. Click here to download the application form, email or phone (01) 2083277 with your name, postal address and phone number.

The shortlist of 10 stories will be announced by early September, while the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in RTÉ later in September.

The overall winner will receive €3,000, while €2,000 and €1,000 will be awarded to the second and third place prize winners respectively. A further seven runners-up will receive €250 each, and all 10 short stories will be broadcast in a season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1 in the autumn. The top three prizewinning stories will also be published on

The RTÉ Short Story Competition has been championing new talent for decades with the winning and shortlisted short stories being produced for radio broadcast and voiced by some of Ireland’s most talented actors of the stage and screen. In recent years these have included Peter Hanly, Ali White, Emmet Kirwan, Cathy Belton, Ingrid Craigie, Denis Conway, Andrew Bennett, Caitríona Ní Mhurchú, Kathy-Rose O'Brien, and many more.

See Competition Rules and entry form and please note, submissions -- hard copy, postal or hand-delivered only -- must be received by 5pm on Friday 8th May 2020 at RTÉ Short Story Competition, RTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland.

V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

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