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Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

sun16aprAll DayDesperate Literature Short Fiction PrizeInternationalCategoryShort StoryEntry Fee€20 Max word count2,000 Top Prize€1500, a 7-day stay at the Civitella Ranieri artist’s residency in Umbria, Italy, a manuscript assessment service of up to 60,000 words through The Literary Consultancy, and a consultation with London-based literary agent Charlotte Seymour, of Johnson & Alcock

Event Details

The Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is awarded to an original work of fiction under 2000 words. The competition is organized by Desperate Literature, an international bookshop in Madrid, Spain.

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18.

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 fifteen different literary and artistic institutions to offer not only a cash prize and writing retreats but 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 perform in multiple countries.

Submissions must be in English.

Entries must NOT have been previously published.

Shortlist Judges: Tiffany Tsao, Mariana Enríquez, Ottessa Moshfegh.

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