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The Berlin Writing Prize 2022

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Competition deadline: 15th August 2022

Genre: Prose (fiction and non-fiction)

Length: Max. 3000 words, excluding title

Entry Fee: 10 euros via PayPal

Announcements: Longlist will be announced in September 2022. Winners will be announced in October.

Prize Giving Event: January 2023 (date tbc)

The theme this year is Escape and we invite entries from published and unpublished writers resident anywhere in the world.

The Winner will receive a three-week residency at Berlin’s The Circus Hotel  

The dates of residency are January 2nd to January 22, 2023. The competition winner will receive their very own apartment, plus a month’s breakfast vouchers for the Circus Hostel, and up to 100 euros in travel costs toward their travel to Berlin. The winning writer and the two runners up will be featured on the SAND Journal website. This feature will include publication of their winning entry, an interview, or both, depending on the author’s preference.

Two runners up will receive two nights in a double room of their own at The Circus Hotel over January’s competition prize-giving event, and a travel budget to a maximum of 100 euros each to cover their journey to Berlin. Their winning entries will be published in SAND Journal online.

A further seven shortlisted writers will win goodie bags, plus invitations to our prize-giving event on January 2023. 

Terms and Conditions

  1. Closing date for receipt of entries is August 15, 2022 at midnight Berlin time.
  2. Entrants must be 18 years old or over on the closing date, August 15, 2022.
  3. The maximum length of submissions is 3,000 words (does not include title). There is no minimum length.
  4. The 2022 Berlin Writing Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers. There is no geographical restriction on entry, but all entries must be in English.
  5. Authors may enter as many times as they like. There is an entry fee of 10 euros for each entry submitted. Entries must be submitted via separate emails. Payment of the entry fee must be made via PayPal to competition@thereaderberlin.com. The PayPal transaction ID for each payment must be entered into the subject line of the submission email.
  6. Entries must be the work of a sole author, no co-authored texts will be accepted.
  7. Entries will not be returned. Please keep a copy. No corrections or alterations can be made to your submission after receipt of the entry, though the winning, runner-up, and longlisted entries will be subject to editing before publication.
  8. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, either in print or online (this includes self-published work, ebooks, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social-networking sites), or broadcast or won a prize in another writing competition on or before August 15, 2022. Any entry found guilty of plagiarism will be disqualified. Simultaneous submissions are welcome – but please let us know as soon as possible if your submission is to be published elsewhere, in print or online.
  9. Entries will be read and judged anonymously; the entrant’s name and contact details should only appear in the entry email and not anywhere on their manuscripts. The manuscripts must be free of all personal information about the author, i.e. email address, contact info, etc.
  10. Email entries will be acknowledged by email. If an entrant does not receive an email acknowledgement for an online entry they are very welcome to contact hello@thereaderberlin.com to confirm their entry has been received. Contact via email in the first instance is preferable.
  11. No entrant to the 2022 Berlin Writing Prize may win more than one prize. The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence will be entered into. Judges or readers cannot comment or give feedback on individual entries.
  12. By entering, entrants agree that if they win, their entry may be published in SAND Journal online (winners will be able to decide). Authors will retain worldwide copyright of their work (including film and dramatic rights) but The Reader Berlin and SAND Journal have first publication rights. The pieces must not have been previously published, in print or online (including self-published, ebook, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social-networking sites), or broadcast or have won a prize in another writing competition on or before August 15, 2022.
  13. The overall winner must be able to undertake the residency at the Circus Hotel during the specified dates. Dates are not transferrable and no cash alternative is offered. During their residency, they will be required to read from their winning piece at the prize-winners’ event and to attend a further evening event to be agreed upon nearer the time with The Circus Hotel. In the event the winner cannot undertake the residency, the title of winner and the respective prizes will pass to the first runner up, and so on.
  14. Prizes will be awarded at the 2022 Berlin Writing Prize Event in January 2023. Results of the competition will be posted on The Reader Berlin website on the aforementioned dates.
  15. Any entrant wishing to withdraw their entry from the 2022 Berlin Writing Prize may do so at any time prior to the closing date. Entry fees cannot be refunded.

See here for further information and to apply.

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