Competition: The Moth Short Story Prize 2018
Competition deadline: 30th June 2018
The Moth Short Story Prize is an important date on the literary calendar. Every year, a single judge is asked to choose three winning stories to feature in the autumn issue of The Moth.
Previous judges include John Boyne, Donal Ryan, Belinda McKeon and Mike McCormack.
This year’s judge is Kevin Barry, former winner of The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize. Barry’s debut novel won the Author’s Club First Novel Prize, The European Prize for Literature and the IMPAC Prize and his latest novel Beatlebone was awarded the Goldsmiths Prize.
1st prize €3,000
2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend
3rd prize €1,000
The Prize is open to anyone (over 18) as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is a word limit of 5,000. The entry fee is €12 per story. Closing 30 June 2018.
You can read about the winner of last year’s Moth Short Story Prize in the Irish Times.
Terms and Conditions
Closing date for receipt of entries is 30 June 2018.
The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the story.
It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth.
Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet.
No name or address should appear on the same page as the story.
Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy.
No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.
The Prize is open to anyone (over 18).
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published,
published online or broadcast.
You can enter as as many stories as you like.
There is a word limit of 5,000.
Payment can be made by cheque (euro/sterling/dollar), by credit/debit card via PayPal (to email@example.com) or by postal order (Ireland only)
Entry fee is €12 per story
Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’, with the sender’s name and address on
Postal entries can also be paid in cash (either in US dollars, Sterling or Euros at the current exchange rate).
Receipt of entry
Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’ if you require acknowledgement
of receipt of your postal entry (include international reply coupon if entering from overseas).
Online entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal.
Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but The Moth will have the unrestricted right to
publish the winning stories in the autumn 2017 issue and any relevant promotional material.
The judge is Kevin Barry. His decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
A 1st prize of €3,000, a 2nd prize of a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel) and a 3rd prize of €1,000.
Prizewinner will be notified in writing by the end of July 2018.
The winning stories will be published in the autumn 2018 issue of The Moth.
Full details of how to enter available here.