Fiction Prize: £10,000*
Entry fee: £17.50
Deadline for Entries: 14th September 2018
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 2018 Manchester Writing Competition is now closed to entries. Judging is underway and short-listed entrants will be contacted by 30th November. Winners will be announced at a gala prize-giving in February.
Niven Govinden is the author of four novels, most recently All The Days And Nights which was longlisted for the Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize. His second novel Graffiti My Soul is about to go into film production. His third novel Black Bread White Beer won the 2013 Fiction Uncovered Prize. His new novel, This Brutal House, will be published by Dialogue Books in spring 2019.
Livi Michael is the author of six novels for adults: Under a Thin Moon, which won the Arthur Welton Award, Their Angel Reach, which was awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, All the Dark Air, shortlisted for the MIND Book of the Year/Allen Lane Award; Inheritance, and the War of the Roses trilogy Succession, Accession and Rebellion. She has also written extensively for children, and is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Alison Moore’s short fiction has been included in Best British Short Stories and Best British Horror anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio. Her first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Awards, winning the McKitterick Prize. Her fourth novel, Missing, and her first book for children, Sunny and the Ghosts, will be published in 2018.
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.