Creative writing competition: The Brick Lane Bookshop 2023 Short Story Prize


13 March 2023
Win a £1,000 first prize in the annual contest funded by the independent Brick Lane Bookshop

The Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize was set up in 2019 as a competition for short fiction by UK writers. It is intended to celebrate the short story form and the resilience of independent bookshops. This year's competition is sponsored by Mushens Entertainment and partnered by Spread the Word.

The winner receives £1,000 and there are second and third prizes of £250 and £100. The three prizewinners will receive a development workshop with a member of the Spread the Word team and free places on StW courses, and individial feedback on their submission from Mushens Entertainment. Twelve longlisted stories will be published in Brick Lane Bookshop New Short Stories 2023.

Writers entering the contest may have had stories published in journals and anthologies, but must not have published an entire book of their own fiction.

Enter original, unpublished short stories between 1,000 and 5,000 words.

The entry fee is £10 per story.

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The closing date is 3 April.

For full details see the website.


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