Competition deadline: 10th October 2021
Win a £2,000 first prize in the indie publisher’s annual short fiction contest.
Winning prize: £2000 | Shortlist: £200 | Longlist: £50 + a 4-book subscription to Galley Beggar Press
Judges: Isha Karki | John Self | Erica Wagner
Fee: £10 per story (with 200 free entries to low-earners).
The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize from Galley Beggar Press invites entries of original, unpublished short fiction from published and unpublished writers anywhere in the world.
The winner receives £2,000 and each shortlisted author gets £200. Longlisted authors receive £50 of bookshop vouchers and a four-book subscription to Galley Beggar Press. This year’s judges are the directors of Galley Beggar Press and writers Isha Karkli, John Self and Erica Wagner.
Enter short fiction in any style or genre, up to 6,000 words.
Entry costs £10 per story. 200 free entries will be offered on a first-come, first served basis for writers unable to afford the entry fee.
Terms and Conditions
Please read the eligibility and entry rules carefully before beginning the submission process. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of entry rules.
- The competition is open to both unpublished and published writers, and from anywhere in the world.
- The cost of entry per submission is £10.00. All proceeds will be used in the administration of the award and to support Galley Beggar Press (a publisher set up with the specific remit of sponsoring ambitious writing) in its future publications and support of groundbreaking writers.
- Unless you are a low-earner and have been allocated a free entry, entrants must pay the £10.00 entry per submission in order to be eligible.
- Only submissions received and paid for by midnight on 10 October 2021 (UK time) will be considered.
- Entries that are not paid for or are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
- Both published and unpublished authors are welcome to enter, but stories that have been previously published (online or in print form) will not be eligible.
- The story must be the entrant’s own creation and not infringe upon the right or copyright of any person or entity.
- Entries must not exceed 6,000 words.
- The story must be written in English.
- Translated stories are welcomed but must be clearly marked ‘Translated’.
- There are no age restrictions.
- When submitting, please use the first page to supply your contact details, name, and the title of the story. (These details will then be logged and removed, so that we can judge your story anonymously.)
- Online and email submissions should be in Word.doc or PDF.
- Longlisted and shortlisted entrants will be notified by email on the day of the longlist and shortlist announcements.
- Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
- No editorial feedback will be offered to entrants.
- The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.
- Galley Beggar Press will have the exclusive right to publish the longlisted, shortlisted, and winning stories for a period of six months from first publication. To aid audience participation, readers will be able to access these stories freely. After six months, rights revert to the authors and authors can ask for their stories to be removed from the website at any time.
- Prizes: The winner will receive a cash prize of £2000. Shortlisted authors will receive a cash prize of £200. Longlisted authors will receive £50 in book tokens, plus a 4-book subscription to Galley Beggar Press.
- Only submissions which meet all terms and conditions will be considered.
- By entering the awards, each entrant agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions.
See here for further information.