Creative writing competition: The Desperate Literature Prize 2023


28 January 2023
Win a €1,500 first prize in the international short fiction contest

The Desperate Literature Prize is inviting submissions of original, unpublished short fiction up to 2,000 words. This year's judges are Mariana Enríquez, Tiffany Tsao and Ottessa Moshfegh.

The winner will receive €1,500, a week's writing residency at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, a consultation with literary agent Charlotte Seymour from Johnson & Alcock, and a manuscript assesement with an editor from The Literary Consultancy. Two runners up will each receive €750.

All shortlisted writers will be published in an Desperate Literature anthology and in one of Desperate Literature's partner journals: Helter Skelter, The London Magazine, Open Pen, Prototype, Hotel, Kill Your Darlings and Minor Literature[s]. They will also be invited to take part in a Desperate Literature Salon in Madrid, London or Edinburgh. One shortlisted writer will be invited to read at the Tbilisi International Festival of Literature, including a seven-day residency at The Writers' House of Georgia and a travel stipend.

The entry fee is €20 for the first story and €10 for each additional story.

The closing date is 16 April.

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For full details see the website.


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