Creative writing competition: The Desperate Literature Prize 2022


25 January 2022
The winner of the annual international short fiction prize will receive €1,500 and a writing residency

The Desperate Literature Prize is inviting entries of original, unpublished fiction no longer than 2,000 words.

In addition to €1,500 and a week's residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the winner will get an introduction to literary agent Charlotte Seymour from Johnson & Alcock and a manuscript assessment and follow-up meeting from an editor at The Literary Consultancy. Two runners up will each get €750.

Winners and runners-up will all be published in an anthology and with one of the prize's partner journals (Helter Skelter, The London Magazine, Open Pen, Prototype, Hotel, Gorse, Kill Your Darlings and Minor Literature[s]), and be invitated to participate in Desperate Literature salons in Madrid, London and Edinburgh. One shortlisted writer will be offered a spot at the Tbilisi International Festival of Literature, a 10-day residency at the Writer's House of Georgia and a €400 travel stipend.

The entry fee is €20 for the first entry and €10 for any further entries. Sponsored entries are available for under-represented writers (apply for these by 1 April).

The closing date is 15 April.

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For full details see the website.


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