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We interview previous prize winners about what they’re reading, what they write and everything in between.

2021 Shortlister

We sat down with previous shortlister Pip Finkemeyer to about short fiction, her first novel and what it means to write the sad girl novel (2024).

Pip Finkemeyer’s fiction has been listed for the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize, the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, the Disquiet Literary Prize and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She co-founded the Berlin-based zine Nothing To See Here, and completed a Masters in Publishing and Editing at RMIT.



2022 Shortlisters

Stephen and Young got together to discuss their 2022 stories and the writing process, published here on Minor Literature[s].

Stephen Lynch is from Dublin, Ireland. His work has appeared in Winter Papers and Two Thirds North. 

Young Rader lives and writes in Berlin. His work has appeared in the New England Review, Little Star, Passages North, and elsewhere. He was a 2014-2015 Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.


2021 Runner up

Isha Karki is a PhD student and a graduate of Clarion West. Isha was a runner-up in our 2021 short fiction prize with her story ‘AN ACCOUNT OF THE [WAR HEROINES] OF THE FIRST INDEPENDENCE WAR [BY AN UNNAMED SOLDIER]’. Her short fiction has also won the Dinesh Allirajah Prize in 2021 and the Galley Beggar Short Story Prize and Mslexia Short Story Competition in 2020. Isha was the judge for the 2021/2022 Galley Begger prize and her most recent story, ‘When We Were Gods’, can be found on LightSpeed Magazine.

We chat to her about her writing, judging literary prizes, and her favourite works from last years Desperate Literature Prize for Short Fiction!


2021 Shortlist
The Writers’ House of Georgia Residency Winner

Katie Hale is a MacDowell Fellow and Gulliver Travel Grant recipient. Her debut novel, My Name is Monster (Canongate, 2019), was shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle, and her short fiction has been longlisted for the Exeter Prize, the Galley Beggar Press Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award.