Deadline: April 14, 2024

Entry fee: €20

About the competition

The aim of the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is both to celebrate the best of new short fiction and to give winners the most visibility possible for their writing. That’s why we’ve teamed up with fourteen different literary and artistic institutions to not only offer cash prizes and writing retreats but also to ensure that all our shortlisters have the opportunity to be published in multiple print and online journals, have their work put in front of literary agents, and present their stories in multiple countries.

First Prize:

  • €2000
  • A week’s residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.
  • A consultation with Literary Agent Charlotte Seymour from Johnson & Alcock.
  • A manuscript assessment and follow-up meeting with a literary editor from The Literary Consultancy.

Runner-up Prizes: €1000 (two prizes available).

All Shortlisted Writers:

  • Will be published in a truly smashing, limited edition book published by ourselves truly and launched at the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize Salon, Madrid.
  • Publication with one of our partner journals: Helter Skelter, The London Magazine, Prototype, gorse, Tenement, Kill Your Darlings, Minor Literature[s], The Second Shelf.
  • Participation in Desperate Literature Prize events at Desperate Literature, Madrid and Burley Fisher, London.

Competition guideline

  • Before you enter, please ensure that you are eligible to enter the prize and have read our ‘Eligibility & Conditions’ page for the details on all the prizes. If you have any questions, you can also consult our FAQs page.
  • Entries are limited to five pieces per person.
    DEADLINE: APRIL 14th 2024
  • Please note: multiple entries must be made at the same time.
  • If you’d like to own previously shortlisted stories, you can get a free .pdf copy of Eleven Stories 2022 and €2.50 off both the full pdf bundle (2018 – 2022) as well as the print edition of Eleven Stories 2022 with submission entry.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit an entry here.
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