Fiction Prize: £10,000*
Entry fee: £17.50 (reduced price entry available**)
Deadline for Entries: 20th September 2019, 5pm (UK time)
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). Please see below for full terms and conditions of entry and, for further information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
*Terms and conditions apply.
**A limited number of reduced price entries are available to writers who might not otherwise be able to take part in the competition. If you would like to apply for one of these, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and for further details. The deadline for expressions of interest in reduced price entry is 30th June 2019.
If you wish to enter via a postal submission, download the Fiction Prize Entry Form.
Jonathan Gibbs is the author of the novels Randall and The Large Door. His short stories have appeared in Gorse and Lighthouse, and been anthologised in Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015. He curates the online short fiction project A Personal Anthology, in which writers, critics and others 'guest-edit' an anthology of their favourite short stories, and teaches Creative Writing at St Mary's University, Twickenham.
Nicholas Royle has chaired the judging panel for the Manchester Fiction Prize since 2009. He is Reader 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.
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