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Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize 2023


Last date
16 April 2023

Who may enter?
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18.

Short description

The Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is awarded to an original work of fiction under 2000 words.

The competition is organized by Desperate Literature, an international bookshop in Madrid, Spain.

 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 fifteen different literary and artistic institutions to offer not only a cash prize and writing retreats but 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 perform in multiple countries.

Submissions must be in English.

Entries must NOT have been previously published.

Shortlist Judges: Tiffany Tsao, Mariana Enríquez, Ottessa Moshfegh.

Entry fees
€20 for the first entry
€10 for each subsequent entry


• First Prize:
– 1,500 €
– A week’s residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation
– A consultation with a 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 (2):
 750 €

• One Shortlisted Winner:
– Will be offered a spot at the Tbilisi International Festival of Literature, along with a 10 day residency at the Writers’ House of Georgia. A travel stipend of €400 will be provided.

How to enroll?
For further information visit the official competition website.

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