V.S. Pritchett (VSP), whom the New Yorker
called ‘our language’s presiding man of letters’, is an inspirational figure to aspirant short story writers. His own output was prolific – throughout his long life he wrote in every literary form save poetry – and it is for his subtle, lucid, sensitive short stories that he is best remembered and admired.
In his memory, a prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the author of the best unpublished short story
of the year. The winning entry will be published in Prospect
online and in the RSL Review
. In addition to this, there will be an opportunity to appear at an RSL event with established short story writers in autumn 2017.
The judges for this year's prize are Aamer Hussein, Chibundu Onuzo
and Michèle Roberts.
The closing date for entries is Wednesday 14 June 2017
- Entrants must be resident in the UK and likely to be available for a prizegiving event in autumn 2017.
- Stories entered for the competition must not have been published previously, or broadcast in any other medium.
- There is no restriction on submitting the same entry to other prizes.
- Entries must be in English.
- Any story submitted should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length.
- Multiple entries to this competition are permitted, but must be submitted individually.
- Entrants should not put their name, address or any identifying mark, other than the title of the work, on their manuscripts.
The V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize is administered by the Royal
Society of Literature in association with Prospect
and is sponsored by Christopher and Jennie Bland as well as the
ALCS. For more details, see our website