How to Enter
The Newcomer Prize is open now for entries, and the deadline is midnight (UK time) on Friday, 6 November 2015.
This year, there's a first prize of £500 and a second prize of £250. The entry fee is £8 per story.
How to Enter
To enter the competition, please use our online form, which you can find here.
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To be eligible to enter a story or stories for the Newcomer Prize, you need to meet the following conditions:
The story you are entering must not have been published anywhere before, including in print, digital formats, or online.
You have not been published previously by The Fiction Desk.
You have not had a novel or collection of short stories published in physical, printed format. (Ebook-only or website publications don't matter, as long as they don't include the story you're entering.)
However, these things don't affect eligibility:
You can still enter if you have published short stories previously in other magazines or anthologies. (Just not with The Fiction Desk.)
You can still enter if you have previously published novels or short story collections, as long as they are only online or in ebook formats (eg Scribd, or Kindle).
Non-fiction publications in any format do not affect eligibility.
Any books due for publication after January 1st, 2016, do not affect eligibility.
For full terms of entry, please see the entry form.