Fiction Prize: £10,000*
Deadline for entries: Friday 29th September 2017
Entry fee: £17.50
Chair of Fiction Judges: Nicholas Royle
£10,000 prize for the best short story of up to 2,500 words. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).
The 2017 Manchester Writing Competition is now closed to entries and judging is underway. Short-listed entrants will be contacted on 24th November and the winners announced at a gala ceremony on 1st December.
Nicholas Royle has chaired the judging panel for the Manchester Fiction Prize since 2009. He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met and the author of seven novels, including The Director’s Cut, Antwerp and First Novel. He has written more than 100 short stories, some of which feature in his collection Mortality. He has edited 20 anthologies, including six volumes of Best British Short Stories, and runs Nightjar Press, which publishes new stories in chapbook format. He lives in Manchester.
Bonnie Greer was born in Chicago and has lived in the London for three decades. She is a dual national and often writes from that perspective. Her novels include Hanging By Her Teeth and Entropy. Non-fiction: Obama Music and Langston Hughes and a memoir, A Parallel Life. Her plays have been produced onstage and for BBC Radio, the latest being Ferguson (2016) and, for the stage, The Hotel Cerise (2016).
Angela Readman’s stories have been winners of the Costa Short Story Award, Mslexia Short Story Prize and The National Flash Fiction Day Competition. Her work has been shortlisted in The Asham Award, The Bristol Prize, The Bath Short Story Award and Manchester Fiction Prize. Her debut short story collection Don’t Try This at Home (And Other Stories) won The Rubery Book Award in 2015 and was shortlisted for The Edge Hill Prize. She is also a poet, her latest book The Book of Tides (2016) was published by Nine Arches.