july, 2020

31jul1:00 am12:00 pmMoved OnlineFree to enter!The Ruritania Prize for Short FictionInternational Entry Fee: Free ,
Max word count: 4,000 ,
Top Prize: €350 ,

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The 2020 Ruritania Prize for short fiction

Panel is pleased to announce a new contest for original short fiction from Central and Eastern Europe. The competition is open to short pieces (between 1000 and 4500 words) of English-language fiction, translated or otherwise, so long as the pieces are previously unpublished.

Who can enter:

writers that currently reside or have previously resided in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic States, Germany/Austria/Switzerland and the South Caucasus.

How to enter:

via submission form on our website. When you submit, please include “for the Ruritania Prize” with your submission. No more than one story per entry, and no more than one entry per contestant. If you have already submitted a fiction piece between 1000 and 4000 words for publication in Panel’s sixth issue, and would like it to be entered into the competition, please contact us at panel.editors@gmail.com or on our Facebook page.

What we are looking for:

We prefer stories that reflect the environment in which they were written.

The short list will be announced a week after the deadline.

Reading fee:

There is no reading fee. To get a feeling for the kind of fiction we like to publish at Panel, we recommend you buy a print copy of Panel at one of bookstores that carry the magazine (see the list on the first page) or online.


The first place winner will receive 350 euros and guaranteed publication in Panel’s upcoming sixth issue. Second and third place will receive 50 and 20 euros respectively, and close consideration for publication by the magazine. The results of the competition — the names of the winning authors and the titles of their pieces, as well as runners up — will be listed in place of honor on the Panel website and on a page in the back of the print magazine.


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