sun14aprAll DayCompletedDesperate Literature Short Fiction Prize 2024CategoryShort FictionInternationalEntry Fee€20 Max word count2000 Top Prize€2000, a week’s stay at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation artists’ residency, manuscript consultation, and meeting with literary agent

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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 fourteen different literary and artistic institutions to not only offer cash prizes and writing retreats but also to ensure that all our shortlisters have the opportunity to be published in multiple print and online journals, have their work put in front of literary agents, and present their stories in multiple countries.

First Prize:

  • €2000
  • A week’s residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.
  • A consultation with Literary Agent Charlotte Seymour from Johnson & Alcock.
  • A manuscript assessment and follow-up meeting with a literary editor from The Literary Consultancy.

Runner-up Prizes: €1000 (two prizes available).

All Shortlisted Writers:

  • Will be published in a truly smashing, limited edition book published by ourselves truly and launched at the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize Salon, Madrid.
  • Publication with one of our partner journals: Helter Skelter, The London Magazine, Prototype, gorse, Tenement, Kill Your Darlings, Minor Literature[s], The Second Shelf.
  • Participation in Desperate Literature Prize events at Desperate Literature, Madrid and Burley Fisher, London.

We are keen to encourage quality, so suggest writers to check their stories before submitting using Prowritingaid. They have free and paid versions and are the best writing software we know to help improve grammar, readability and check for repetition, ‘sticky’ sentences and suggest alternatives.

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