The Royal Society of Literature

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the eighteenth V.S. Pritchett Memorial 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 This prize for the best unpublished short story of the year was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest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 their story published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review. There will be an opportunity to appear at an RSL event with established short story writers in autumn 2016.

This year’s judges are Aamer Hussein, Peter Kemp and Sara Taylor.

Submission Deadlines

The closing date for entries to the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Award is 20 June 2016.

Entry Process

  1. Please check the competition deadline and eligibility guidelines carefully. Submit your entry below.
  2. 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 If you are unable to complete the online entry form for other reasons, please contact Ellen Harber, Membership and Awards Assistant, or 020 7845 4679.