november, 2021

29novAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short FictionUKEntry Fee:Free Max word count:6000 Top Prize:£500 + publication for all shortlisted authors

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Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire open submissions for the fifth year of The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.

Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire, along with media partner Northern Soul, are delighted to announce that they will once again deliver the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction with the theme ‘Crime Stories’.

Open to both published and un-published writers, this prize aims to seek out the best established and up and coming voices in the form, in honour of Dinesh Allirajah who passed away suddenly in 2015. Dinesh, who described himself as a jazz writer, lectured in creative writing at the University of Central Lancashire for eight years and was a long-term director of Comma Press.

The theme for the 2022 Prize will be ‘Crime Stories’. Crime was just one of many themes/genres tackled by Dinesh in his work, and something he reflected on through his blog, ‘Real Time Short Stories’. Comma also has experience publishing crime fiction, having published two CWA anthologies during Dinesh’s tenure, and want to use this increasingly popular genre to reach new writers with this year’s prize.

This year the prize welcomes an entirely new panel of judges, including successful crime writer, Karline Smith; editor at Northodox Press, specialising in crime fiction, Tom Ashton; senior lecturer at UCLan, Helen Day and writer for Northern Soul, Kevin Bourke.

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