Monday, 19 August 2019

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2019/20

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2019/20 is now open for submissions.

Submissions deadline: 29 September 2019

Longlist announcement: 13 January 2020
Shortlist announcement: 27 January 2020
Prize-winner announcement: 17 February 2020

The winning author will receive £2000. Shortlisted authors will each receive £150. Longlisted authors will receive £50 of book vouchers and a 4-book subscription to Galley Beggar Press.


To enter the award, there are two simple steps: 
(1) Enter your details (name and email address) and then upload your story by clicking on the ‘choose file’ widget beneath these notes. 
(2) Hit ‘submit’ and you'll be taken through to a Paypal payment page.* Once you’ve paid, the story will be sent to us. Easy! 
*Galley Beggar Press are offering 70 free entries to writers on a low income, who would not otherwise be able to afford to enter the prize. These entries will be offered on a first come, first serve basis, and at the discretion of the directors. If you think you are eligible for one of these entries, please in the first instance contact: (Please don’t feel you need to send us explanations about your situation; we will take you at your word on trust.)


Friday, 26 July 2019



Granada, a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, became a UNESCO City of Literature in December 2014. The city has a long history of being home to renowned poets, writers and intellectuals. Granada has a thriving publishing scene and is home to dozens of institutions, events, industries and venues connect with the literature and culture of the city.
The Granada Writers in Residence Programme was established by the Granada UNESCO City of Literature office and the University of Granada. It aims to forge bonds between writers from Granada and those from other cities and countries all over the world.
In 2019, two writers will be selected to spend one month in Granada, between 1 November and 1 December. The residency includes travel costs and accommodation including full board at the University of Granada’s Hall of Residency for Visitors (Corrala de Santiago).
Each of the selected writers will receive opportunities to participate in the city’s literary life, including involvement with workshops, teaching and networking opportunities with local writers.
To apply writers much provide a synopsis of the literary project that they would like to work on during their stay in Granada. While open to writers working in any language, to be considered for this opportunity writers much have an Intermediate to high level of language skills in English or Spanish.
For the purposes of this residency, “emerging writer” is defined as one who has published at least one book and no more than five (prose fiction, essays, poetry, etc.), excluding self-published works. The writers will be selected by a panel of experts chosen by the UNESCO City of Literature and the University of Granada. There is no application fee.
The deadline for applications is Friday 20 September 2019. For full details visit the Granada UNESCO City of Literature website.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

The author of the winning entry will be awarded a prize of £1,000 and have their story published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review. The V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize is administered by the Royal Society of Literature in association with Prospect magazine.

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth and likely to be available for a prize-giving event in October 2019
Stories entered for the competition must not have been published previously 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.

Entry Instructions

Stories MUST:
be written in English
be between 2,000 and 4,000 words
be submitted as Microsoft Word or PDF documents with the author name (surname, first name) and short story title in the file name e.g. Wilde, Oscar – The Happy Prince
use Arial, 12pt, black font and use double-line spacing
have page numbers at the bottom right-hand side of each page
have the title of the story and word count at the top of the first page.

Stories MUST NOT:
include the name of the entrant, their address or any identifying mark anywhere in the document
include photos or illustrations.

The Royal Society of Literature cannot undertake to make corrections or additions to submissions. You must request that your submission is opened for editing if you wish to make changes. Submission of an entry implies acceptance of these conditions and entry fees are non-refundable. The shortlist will be contacted in autumn. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Due to the volume of submissions received, we are not able to provide individual feedback.

Please note that any entries that do not meet the requirements outlined above will not be accepted and the fee will not be refunded. No correspondence will be entered into regarding incorrect submissions.

See here for further information and to submit.

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.

Eligible writers have until the 28 May 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 28 June (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).

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Fiction Factory: Flash Fiction Competition


Send your submissions

in a Word document to:

In the body of the email, please include:
your name
email address
your country
the name of your story
the word count

Please tell us how you heard about our competition.


Payment: Please go to the secure website to pay by Pay Pal.

Entry fee 6.00 GBP

Your entry will be forwarded to the judges when the fee has been paid.
Good luck!

Terms and Conditions
The Competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.
International entries are welcome but stories must be written in English.
Stories must be previously unpublished
Deadline: 31 July. 2019.
There is no minimum word count but your story must not exceed 500 words.
All genres will be accepted except Children's and Young Adult Fiction
Entrants may submit as many stories as they wish, but each story must be submitted as a separate entry and entry fee.
All work submitted must be the entrant's own original writing, and should not have appeared in print or appear on a website (including blogs and social networking sites).
Winners will be announced before October 31st 2019
The judge’s decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Short Story of the Year 2019 is delighted to announce that we are sponsoring the An Post Irish Book Awards Short Story of the Year Award again this year.

Roisin O’Donnell won in 2018 for her story ‘How to Build a Space Rocket’ which featured in The Broken Spiral anthology complied by RM Clarke for Dublin Rape Crisis, watch her chatting about the story to Evelyn O’Rourke and read her story here

The Award is open to short stories of up to 7000 words published between 1st November 2018 and 31st October 2019 in any of the following contexts: a collection of short stories by a single author; an anthology of short stories; an established journal or magazine (established for at least six months within the eligible period); published in print or digital format.
Stories should be original fiction. All stories must have been published in English during the qualifying period.
The author must be Irish by birth, citizenship or long-term residence.
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Billy O’Callaghan, Short Story of the Year winner 2013
Entries must be made by the editor of the publication in which the story appears. Submissions open on 1st June 2019. An individual author may be entered more than once for the competition by an editor if their work appears in more than one publication. It is the editor’s decision which author will represent each of their publications.
Entries will not be eligible where the author is a member of the independent judging panel, anyone involved in the administration of the IBAs or a close family relative of any such person.
Authors who have made current or previous contributions to are eligible to enter.
Adjudication on all eligibility issues will be at the discretion of the Awards’ executive body. Their decision will be final.
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John Boyne, Short Story of the Year winner 2014
How to submit
Stories may only be submitted via the online form at . Closing date for entries is  7th September 2019. The entry form must be completed in full and the story attached as a doc or docx in the format detailed below.
Stories may only be submitted by the editor of the publication in which the story appears, with full permission of the author, with a maximum of one story per edition or collectionThe author may not submit their own work.  Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the terms and conditions of entry. The submitting party must undertake to support the IBAs campaign and if shortlisted, must attend the awards night at their own expense. Shortlisted authors’ are guests of, and do not need to buy tickets, however partners and friends of shortlisted authors will need to make their own arrangements.
Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the terms and conditions of entry detailed here.
Orla McAlinden 2016 winner of The Short Story of the Year
Format of Submissions
Manuscripts must be in a Word doc or docx format, typed in Times New Roman, double line spaced and pages must be numbered.
The document itself should be saved with the title of the story ONLY as the file name. The title of the story and its host publication ONLY, MUST appear in the header or footer of all pages in the document. All stories will be judged anonymously.
The word count, author name, edition or collection and publisher should be detailed on the application form.
Submissions will be judged anonymously. An independent panel will select a long list of  twelve stories for the panel of judges to consider. The judges will then select the final six stories to be shortlisted. Their decision is final. The shortlist will then be voted on by the public and must be available to be read online at

To submit a story, please click here.

Pictured at the 10th annual Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards is Donal Ryan, winner of the Short Story of the Year award for his books Slanting at the Sun with Vanessa O'Loughlin. Pic: Patrick Bolger
Pictured at the 10th annual Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards is Donal Ryan, winner of the Short Story of the Year award for his books Slanting at the Sun with Vanessa O’Loughlin.
Pic: Patrick Bolger
The judging panel will select the final six stories to be shortlisted for the Short Story of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards on 20th November 2019. For more information about the awards check out:
In line with GDPR legislation, all information gathered in the process of submission is held strictly confidentially and will only be used by the organisers to contact those involved in the process in connection with the Short Story of the Year. Read the privacy policy here.

Friday, 14 June 2019

The London Short Story Prize


The London Short Story Prize aims to find the best short stories from emerging writers in the capital.

The winner of the 2018 London Short Story Prize is Guy Ware for his story the year of peace.

Highly commended: A Complete History of Portraiture by Kira McPherson and Dead Shark by Emma Hutton.

Shortlisted: Real Estate by CG Menon, Like A Blooming Discotheque by Judith Wilson, and Chicken Shop Girl by Katie Lumsden.

Longlisted: As Close as it Comes by Adam Welch, Granda by Ken Barlow, First Time Ever by Erika Banerji, Strange Inherited Jazz by Lou Kramskoy, Madrid by B R Porter, and End of the Terrace by Luan Goldie.

Ten of the longlisted stories for the 2018 prize will be published in the London Short Story Prize 2018 Anthology

The 2018 judges were authors Guy Gunaratne, Clare Fisher and literary agent, Sarah Such.

We will be open for entries to the London Short Story Prize 2019 on Friday 14 June.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

The Sean Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize 2019

Word limit: 3,000 words
Closing date: 31st July (midnight)
Entry fee: €18 per story

The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcastshort stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition.

1st Prize
— €2000
— Residency (one week) at Anam Cara Retreat
— Publication in Southword 38

2nd Prize
— €500
— Publication in Southword 38

Four Runners-Up
— €250
— Publication in Southword 38

2019 Judge

Billy O'Callaghan

Friday, 24 May 2019

The Moth International Short Story Prize: Entries Close


This prize is open to previously unpublished works of fiction up to 5000 words. In addition to the €3000 (approximately US$3400) first prize, a second prize winner will receive a writing retreat at Circle of Misse, located in the south of France’s Loire Valley plus €250. A third prize winner will receive €1000 and all three winners will have their stories published in the autumn issue of The Moth.

The winners will be decided by judge Kit de Waal. de Waal’s writing has received numerous awards, including the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and 2015 and the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and has been shortlisted for the Costa First Book Award, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the British Books Awards Debut Novel of the Year.

The judging takes place anonymously; de Waal will only learn the identities of the shortlisted writers after the selection of the winning stories. The Moth publisher Rebecca O’Connor thinks this is an important way of levelling the playing field. According to O’Connor, The Moth is “passionate about nurturing new talent and much of what we publish is by new or up-and-coming writers. We want to produce a magazine which is vibrant and new, and which keeps its readers on its toes. So often, these publications can become stale when they focus too much on names and not enough on entertaining their readers . . . Having just one judge means there is no compromise.”

The Moth Short Story Prize closes on Sunday 30 June 2019. An entry fee of €15 is payable with each entry. For full entry details visit The Moth website.

To discover more writing prizes, see our guide to short story contests in 2019.


“The Moth is a beautiful creature.” – David Mitchell

Founded in June 2010, The Moth is an Irish quarterly printed arts and literature magazine based in featuring poetry, short fiction and art by established and up-and-coming writers and artists. Each issue also features two interviews with writers or artists.

In addition to its annual prizes for poetry and short fiction, The Moth also accepts unsolicited submissions. Prose pieces (up to two short stories) should preferably be no longer than 3000 words. If you are submitting poetry, then you are asked to send no more than six poems. Submissions are also open for The Moth’s junior edition, The Caterpillar. The Caterpillar’s audience is primarily readers aged between 7 and 11.

The Fiction Desk - Short Story

Now open for submissions...

From now until the end of September, we're asking writers to submit short stories on a theme of 'Houses and Homes'. This is our first themed call for submissions, and there's plenty of opportunity for different approaches: from domestic dramas to haunted houses, from the political to the personal.

Submissions are made in the usual way, through our website. There's more information here: Stories about 'Houses and Homes'.

If you're looking for inspiration, here's a selection of recent news stories that relate to the theme in one way or another. (The Fiction Desk is based in the UK, so these have a British slant, but we welcome submissions from around the world.) And if you're not interested in this theme, we're open for general submissions too.

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2019/20

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