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The Moth Short Story Prize 2022

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Moth Short Story

By Writing.ie

Competition deadline: 30th June 2022

Every year, a single judge is asked to choose three winning stories to feature in the autumn issue of The Moth, the international art & literature magazine based in Ireland.

Previous judges include Kevin Barry, Belinda McKeon, Mark Haddon and Ali Smith.
This year’s judge is Sarah Hall, the prizewinning author of three short story collections and six novels, her most recent being Burntcoat. She is a recipient of the E. M. Forster Award and Edge Hill Short Story Prize, among others, and the only person ever to have won the BBC National Short Story Award twice.  ‘A writer of show-stopping genius’ (Guardian)

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The Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is a word limit of 4,000. The entry fee is €15 per story. Closing 30 June 2022.

Terms and Conditions

Closing date for receipt of entries is 30 June 2022.
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.     

Eligibility    The Prize is open to anyone (over 16). 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 4,000.    

Fees    Payment can be made by cheque (euro/sterling/dollar), by credit/debit card via PayPal (to enquiries@themothmagazine.com) or by postal order (Ireland only) Entry fee is €15 per story 
Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’, with the sender’s name and address on the back. Postal entries can also be paid in cash (either in US dollars, Sterling or Euros at the current exchange rate).

Formatting If you are concerned about the formatting of your story in the online entry form, then please go through the online procedure as normal and then send a copy of the story as a word attachment to enquiries@themothmagazine.com (please don’t include your name or any other personal details in the document)     

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.      

Copyright    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 2022 issue and any relevant promotional material.      

Judging    The judge is Sarah Hall. Her decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.     

Prizes    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.     

Prizewinners    Prizewinner will be notified in writing by mid August 2022.    The winning stories will be published in the autumn 2022 issue of The Moth. Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification

Print ENTRY FORM, fill in and then post with fee and entry to: The Moth Short Story Prize    The Moth    Ardan Grange    Milltown    Belturbet    Co. Cavan    Ireland H14 K768


ENTER ONLINE     Good luck!

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