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.
The 2019 Manchester Writing Competition is now closed to entries; Judging is underway and short-listed entrants will be contacted by 20th December. The winners will be announced on 7th February.
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.
Sakinah Hofler is the 2017 winner of the Manchester Fiction Prize and the 2017-2018 winner of the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the 2016 Manchester Poetry Prize and longlisted for a number of awards including the University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. She serves as assistant editor of The Cincinnati Review and first reader for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Currently, she’s a PhD student in creative writing and an Alfred C. Yates Fellow at the University of Cincinnati.
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.
Lara Williams is a writer based in Manchester, England. Her writing has been featured in The Guardian, The Independent, Vice, the Times Literary Supplement and McSweeney’s. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her debut collection of stories, A Selfie as Big as the Ritz, was published in 2017. Her 2019 novel Supper Club won the Not the Booker Prize.
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