Thursday, 21 February 2019
The White Review Short Story
THE WHITE REVIEW SHORT STORY PRIZE 2019
SUPPORTED BY UNITED AGENTS
The White Review Short Story Prize is an annual short story competition for emerging writers. Established with support from a Jerwood Charitable Foundation Small Grant in 2013, the prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in Britain & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. Previous winners are Claire-Louise Bennett, Ruby Cowling, Owen Booth, Sophie Mackintosh and Nicole Flattery. They have gone on to secure publishing deals with Hamish Hamilton, Fitzcarraldo Editions, Fourth Estate and The Stinging Fly. The 2018 winner Julia Armfield recently secured a book deal with Picador to publish her first collection of short stories, SALT SLOW, in May 2019.
This year, the prize will be judged by Chris Power, Sophie Scard and Michal Shavit. The judges will be looking for short stories that explore and expand the possibilities of the form. We encourage submissions from all literary genres, and there are no restrictions on theme or subject matter. We would only emphasise that the prize was founded to reward ambitious, imaginative and innovative approaches to creative writing.
The winning story will be published in a quarterly print issue of THE WHITE REVIEW. Shortlisted writers will have their work published online and receive feedback from the editors of THE WHITE REVIEW.
THE WHITE REVIEW will offer 50 free entries to writers on low incomes. If you are a low-income writer and would like to apply for free entry, please read the additional low-income entry guidelines below.
In 2013, the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize was judged by novelist Deborah Levy, agent Karolina Sutton and editor Alex Bowler and won by Claire-Louise Bennett for ‘The Lady of the House’.
In 2014, the second White Review Short Story Prize was judged by novelist Kevin Barry, agent Anna Webber and editor Max Porter and won by Ruby Cowling for ‘Biophile’.
In 2015, the prize was judged by novelist Ned Beauman, agent Lucy Luck and editor Hannah Westland and won by Owen Booth for ‘I Told You I’d Buy You Anything You Wanted So You Asked For A Submarine Fleet’.
In 2016, the prize was judged by novelist Eimear McBride, agent Imogen Pelham and editor Simon Prosser and won by Sophie Mackintosh for ‘Grace’.
In 2017, the prize was judged by editor Mitzi Angel, novelist Joe Dunthorne, and writer and critic Jon Day, and won by Nicole Flattery for ‘Track’.
In 2018, the prize was judged by by novelist Chloe Aridjis, novelist Sam Byers, editor Anne Meadows, agent Sophie Scard, and The White Review editor Željka Marošević. It was won by Julia Armfield for ‘The Great Awake’.
Chris Power lives and works in London. His ‘Brief Survey of the Short Story’ has appeared in the GUARDIAN since 2007. His fiction has been published in THE STINGING FLY, THE DUBLIN REVIEW and THE WHITE REVIEW. His first book,MOTHERS, was published by Faber in 2018.
Sophie Scard is an agent at United Agents.
Michal Shavit is Publishing Director at Jonathan Cape.
The deadline for submissions is: 17:00 4 March 2019. No entries will be considered if submitted after 17:00 on 4 March 2019 (GMT/EST).
Please read these eligibility and entry rules carefully before beginning the online entry process. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules.
To enter the Prize, you must first buy an entry from The White Review Shop.
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STEP TWO – SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY
The shortlist will be announced in April. The winner will be announced at a party in London in May. For any queries not covered below, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE ENTRY TO LOW-INCOME WRITERS
THE WHITE REVIEW is offering free entry to the Prize for up to 50 low-income writers. If you are a low-income writer and would like to apply for free entry, please follow the below application guidelines. We will receive applications for free entries until 24 January 2019. THE WHITE REVIEW will grant eligible applicants free entry on a first come first-served basis.
Low-income writers applying for free entry should also read the additional guidelines, below the general Terms and Conditions.
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