The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the nineteenth V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. This prize for the best unpublished short story of the year was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century, and to preserve a tradition encompassing Pritchett’s warmth of feeling and mastery of narrative.

The author of the winning entry will be awarded a prize of £1,000 and have their story published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review. The V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize is administered by the Royal Society of Literature. We are grateful to Jennie Bland for sponsoring the prize, to ALCS for making the prize-giving event possible, and to Prospect magazine for publishing the winning entry online.

The judges for 2018 are Tibor Fischer, Irenosen Okojie and Leone Ross.


Deadline

The closing date for entries to the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize is 29 June 2018 at midnight (BST).

Submission Guidelines

Eligibility
  • Entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth (see list of countries here) and likely to be available for a prizegiving event in Autumn 2018.
  • Stories entered for the competition must not have been published previously, or broadcast in any other medium.
  • Multiple entries to this competition are permitted but must be submitted and paid for individually.
  • Entrants must be over 18 at the time of submission.
Entry Instructions
Stories must:
  • be written in English
  • be between 2,000 and 4,000 words
  • be submitted as Microsoft Word or PDF documents with the author name (surname, first name) and short story title in the file name e.g. Wilde, Oscar – The Happy Prince
  • use Arial, 12pt, black font and be double-spaced
  • have page numbers at the bottom right-hand side of each page
  • have the title of the story and word count at the top of the first page.
Stories must not:
  • include the name of the entrant, their address or any identifying mark anywhere in the document
  • include photos or illustrations.

The Royal Society of Literature cannot undertake to make corrections or additions to submissions. You must request that your submission is opened for editing if you wish to make changes. Submission of an entry implies acceptance of these conditions and entry fees are non-refundable. The shortlist will be contacted in autumn. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Due to the volume of submissions received, we are not able to provide individual feedback.

Please note that any entries that do not meet the requirements outlined above will not be accepted and the fee will not be refunded. No correspondence will be entered into regarding incorrect submissions.

We encourage entrants to submit their entries via this portal. To submit by post, please follow the directions on our website.

If you have technical difficulties completing the online entry form please email support@submittable.com
If you are unable to complete the online entry form for other reasons, please contact Martha Stenhouse, General Manager, martha.stenhouse@rsliterature.org or 020 7845 4679.
Please ensure that you have read and understood the eligibility and entry guidelines prior to submitting your story. For any queries about this please contact martha.stenhouse@rsliterature.org.