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Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize


Sunday, April 16, 2023


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Entry Fees

20€ for the first story; 10€ for up to four additional entries Free and reduced-fee entries available upon request


The prize’s winner will receive €1500, a 7-day stay at the Civitella Ranieri artist’s residency in Umbria, Italy, and a consultation with London-based literary agent Charlotte Seymour, of Johnson & Alcock, and a manuscript assessment service of up to 60,000 words through The Literary Consultancy. Two runners-up will receive €750, as well as a consultation meeting with literary agent Charlotte Seymour. Additionally, one other shortlisted writer will be offered a spot at the Tbilisi International Festival of Literature, along with a 7-day residency at the Writers’ House of Georgia. A travel stipend of €400 will be provided. The shortlist of 11 writers will be published in a limited edition anthology published by Desperate Literature, have their work put forward for publication to the prize’s eight partner journals, and will be invited to read at events in Madrid (Desperate Literature), London (Burley Fisher Books) and Edinburgh (Typewronger Books) in late 2023.


The aim of the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is both to celebrate the best of new, boundary-pushing short fiction and to give winners the most visibility possible for their writing. This year, the stories of 2,000 words or less will be judged by Ottessa Moshfegh, Tiffany Tsao, and Mariana Enriquez.

Contact Information

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