This is one of the most prestigious writing contests in the British literary calendar.
Do you have a really good poem or short story? Or a few? I mean, really REALLY good?
- poem – no more than 42 lines
- short story – no more than 5,000 words.
- flash fiction category – stories of up to 250 words
- First Novel – 5,000 to 8,000 words
This year’s judges are Daljit Nagra, & (poems) Monica Ali (flash fiction and short stories) and Kamila Shamsie (First novel).
Closing: 31st May (postmarked)
In each of the main categories (Short Stories, Poems) – £5,000, £1,000, £500. There are also ten runners-up prizes of £100. These are called ‘supplementary prizes’ to make you feel less like an also-ran. The top four poems will be submitted to the Forward Prize.
Prizes in the Flash Fiction category are £1,000, £500, £250, plus three supplementary awards of £100.
Note: Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition.
Entry Fees have increased:Poems – £9. Short Stories – £10. Flash Fiction – £8, Novel – £20
Comp Page: Click Here.