Competition: The White Review Short Story
Competition deadline: 4th March 2019
The White Review Short Story Prize is an annual short story competition for emerging writers. Established with support from a Jerwood Charitable Foundation Small Grant in 2013, the prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in Britain & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. Previous winners are Claire-Louise Bennett, Ruby Cowling, Owen Booth, Sophie Mackintosh and Nicole Flattery. They have gone on to secure publishing deals with Hamish Hamilton, Fitzcarraldo Editions, Fourth Estate and The Stinging Fly. The 2018 winner Julia Armfield recently secured a book deal with Picador to publish her first collection of short stories, salt slow, in May 2019.
This year, the prize will be judged by Chris Power, Sophie Scard and Michal Shavit. The judges will be looking for short stories that explore and expand the possibilities of the form. We encourage submissions from all literary genres, and there are no restrictions on theme or subject matter. We would only emphasise that the prize was founded to reward ambitious, imaginative and innovative approaches to creative writing.
The winning story will be published in a quarterly print issue of The White Review. Shortlisted writers will have their work published online and receive feedback from the editors of The White Review.
The White Review will offer 50 free entries to writers on low incomes. If you are a low-income writer and would like to apply for free entry, please read the additional low-income entry guidelines below.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- The competition is open to unpublished writers residing in Great Britain and Ireland. Writers of any nationality may enter so long as they are residents of Great Britain and Ireland.
- There is an entry fee of £15.00. All proceeds go to The White Review (Charity Number: 1148690), which ‘specialises in the publication of artistically or educationally meritorious works of new or emerging artists and writers’, and will help to ensure the future viability of the short story prize.
- Entrants, discounting successful low-income applicants, must pay the entry fee of £15 in order to be eligible.
- Only submissions received and paid for by 17:00PM on 4 March 2019 (GMT/EST) will be considered.
- Entries that are not paid for, incomplete, are corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
- The entry must be the entrant’s own original creation and must not infringe upon the right or copyright of any person or entity.
- Writers who have existing contracts, or who have previously held contracts, with publishers for works of fiction are not eligible to enter.
- Writers who have published work in magazines and journals are eligible to enter.
- Writers who have published books of non-fiction are eligible to enter.
- Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 7,000 words maximum.
- Writers may submit one story only.
- The story must be written in English (no translations).
- Submissions from literary agents on behalf of their authors are allowed, so long as all the criteria for eligibility are met.
- There are no age restrictions.
- When submitting, please include a short covering letter including your contact details, your name and the title of your story. The covering letter should be in the same document as your submission.
- Submissions from writers residing outside of Great Britain and Ireland will not be considered.
- The first page should include the title of the story and the number of words.
- All submissions should include page numbers.
- Entries will only be accepted via the online entry form. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt.
- The story must be original and should not have been previously published anywhere in full or in part. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites.
- Longlisted and shortlisted entrants will be notified by email when they have made the list.
- Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
- No editorial feedback will be provided to unsuccessful entrants.
- The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.
- The White Review will have the exclusive right to publish the winning and shortlisted stories for six months from first publication in The White Review. After six months, the rights will revert to the authors, who may publish the stories elsewhere so long as they appropriately credit The White Review.
- Submission to the short story prize is not a condition for publication in The White Review. Writers can still submit their work for consideration via the usual routes.
- Submissions should in all cases where it is possible be submitted through the online registration process. If it necessary to submit a paper copy, please enclose proof of payment and contact details with your submission and send it to the editors at: A.104 Fuel Tank, 8 – 12 Creekside, London SE8 3DX.
- Only submissions which meet all Terms and Conditions will be considered.
- By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
FREE ENTRY TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Free entry to the Prize is offered to writers who are on a low-income – for example, receiving benefits such as Job Seeker’s Allowance, Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit, Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance or those who are earning less than the London Living Wage of £9.45 per hour.
To apply, email email@example.com, with the email subject line ‘Short Story Prize Free Entry Application’. In the body of the email, please include:
- Your full name
- Your email address
- Your postal address
- A short written statement describing how you are eligible
Applications for free entries will be open until 24 January 2019. Eligible applicants will be granted free entry on a first-come first-served basis; all applicants will be informed whether or not their applications are successful by 31 January 2019. Any application submitted after the closing date will not be read. Only one free entry will be granted per applicant. Applicants must wait to see if their application is successful before entering the Short Story Prize; if your application is successful you will be invited to submit your entry via email, not via the form below. The White Review will not grant refunds on already paid-for entries.
Further information and entry details here.