Deadline: June 30, 2024

Entry fee: $15

About the competition

The Moth Short Story Prize is an international prize, open to anyone from anywhere in the world, as long as their story is original and previously unpublished. The winners are chosen by a single judge each year, who reads the stories anonymously. 

Previous judges include Ottessa Moshfegh, Kevin Barry, Mark Haddon, Ali Smith and Sarah Hall.


1st prize €3,000

2nd prize a week at Circle of Misse plus open travel stipend

3rd prize €1,000


Louise Kennedy’s novel, Trespasses, won the McKitterick Prize, Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards, the John McGahern Prize and the An Post Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize and longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of a collection of short stories, The End of the World Is a Cul de Sac – ‘a dazzling, heartbreaking debut’ (The Guardian).  She has written for The Guardian, the Irish Times and BBC Radio 4. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a chef for almost thirty years. 

Competition guideline

  • The Prize is open to anyone over 16, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.
  • There is a word limit of 3,000.
  • The entry fee is €15 per story. 
  • You can enter online or send your story along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an entry form or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of your story (or stories) attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland H14 K768. Please note: If you are at all concerned about the formatting of your story online, please send a copy of the story (or stories) in a word doc to [email protected], along with your entry number.
  • Payment can be made via PayPal to [email protected]
  • Please remember to read the rules of the competition before you enter.
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