THE DESPERATE LITERATURE PRIZE FOR SHORT FICTION
Awarded for an original work of short fiction under 2000 words
The aim of the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is both to celebrate the best of new short fiction and to give winners the most visibility possible for their writing. That’s why we’ve teamed up with ten different literary and artistic institutions to make sure that the winners and runners-up receive not only a cash prize and a writing retreat but that all our shortlisters have the opportunity to be published in multiple print and online locations, have their work put in front of literary agents and perform in multiple countries.
Last year we received over 450 entries from 36 countries and produced the beautiful booklet Eleven Stories, which you can see below.
This year we’ve just added more to the kitty.
– €250 (two prizes available).
All Shortlisted Writers:
– Will be published in a truly smashing, limited edition Risograph booklet published by ourselves truly and launched at the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize Salon, Madrid
– Publication in 3:AM, Structo Magazine, Helter Skelter, The London Magazine
– Participation in Desperate Literature Prize Salons (Salons, no less) at Desperate Literature, Madrid; Shakespeare and Company, Paris; Burley Fisher, London
– Limited edition prints by Ruda Studio
– Participation in the Rizoma Film Festival.
The Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Italy.
“It’s hard to think of a more inspiring place than Civitella – a medieval castle turned artists residency, and a rare place that is absolutely international in its cultural outlook, yet rooted in the Umbrian countryside and history.”
– Ed Cottrell, winner of the 2018 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize
14th February 2019
Midnight GMT + 1 (Madrid vermouth hour)
14th March 2019
31st March 2019
€20 for the first entry
€10 for every further entry
(max. of five entries per person)
– The Desperate Literature Short Fiction prize is awarded to an original work of fiction under 2000 words
– Translations are accepted, but the prize is awarded to the original writer, not the translator
– Submissions are anonymous
– Stories should be submitted in .pdf format upon payment of the entry fee, without mention of the author or translator name within the document. Submissions must be accompanied by a biography, submitted in the biography field found on the entry form.
FOR A FULL LIST OF GUIDELINES, SEE OUR ELIGIBILITY & CONDITIONS PAGE
The first round of the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize will be judged by the Desperate Literature team: Terry Craven, Charlotte Delattre, Robert Greer and Emily Westmoreland. As soon as we have a short list, we’ll hand over to our shortlist judges.
Claire-Louise Bennett‘s short fiction and essays have been published in several publications including The Moth and The Irish Times. She received the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize in 2013. Her first book, Pond, was published in 2016
Co-editor for fiction at 3:AM Magazine, Eley Williams is a writer and lecturer based in Ealing. Her collection of short stories Attrib. And Other Stories (Influx Press) was chosen by Ali Smith as one of the best debut works of fiction published in 2017.
Sam Riviere is the author of the poetry books 81 Austerities (Faber, 2012) and Kim Kardashian’s Marriage (2015). Safe Mode, an ambient novel, was published by Test Centre in 2017. He lives in Edinburgh and runs the micropublisher If a Leaf Falls Press.