Competition deadline: 20th August 2021
This prize was founded by the Royal Society of Literature at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century, and to preserve a tradition encompassing Pritchett’s mastery of narrative.
The annual prize of £1,000 goes to the best unpublished short story of the year. The winning entry is also published in Prospect magazine and the RSL Review.
Terms and Conditions
This year’s judges are Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Paul McVeigh and Emma Jane Unsworth.
Entries for low-income writers
The RSL is committed to increasing accessibility and supporting writers of all incomes. As such, we are offering 50 free entries to low-income writers based in the UK.
To apply for a free entry to this year’s prize please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject ‘Free VSP Entry Application’ and in the body of the email include your name, postcode and a line on the reason for your application such as: Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Benefit, Income Support; Working Tax Credit; proof of being a full-time student; Housing Benefit; proof of being a full-time carer. All details will be kept in the strictest confidence and have no bearing on your Prize entry.
Applicants have until 5pm on Friday 6 August to apply for a free entry. However, we recommend applying earlier as these entries are offered on a first come, first served basis. You will be informed by email as to whether you have been accepted and then given instructions on how to enter. Please do not send your story prior to this. Successful applicants will have until midnight on 5pm on Friday 20 August (the same as the general entry deadline) to submit their story to the competition.
Please note, if successful you can only submit one free entry into the competition. Additional stories will need to submitted via the general submission portal above (£7.50 per entry).