The Newcomer Prize for short stories
We're always working to discover new authors and new stories to publish alongside our regular contributors. The Newcomer Prize is part of this: it's a short story competition only open to authors who have not been previously published by The Fiction Desk, and who have not yet published a novel or collection of short stories on paper.
We welcome the same range of literary and crossover genre fiction to the Newcomer Prize that we feature in the pages of our anthologies. If you've not yet read us, it's worth picking up one or two of our anthologies to see what we publish. The winners of last year's Newcomer Prize appear in our latest anthology, Separations.
How to Enter
The Newcomer Prize is now open for entries. The entry form is here.
This deadline for this year's competition is midnight (UK time) on 31 May 2017. The first prize is £500, and there is a second prize of £250. The entry fee is £8.
Stories should be between 1,000 and 7,000 words in length.
The competition is judged by Rob Redman, editor of the anthology series and founder of The Fiction Desk.
To be eligible to enter a story or stories for the Newcomer Prize, you need to meet the following conditions:
- The story you are entering must not have been published anywhere before, including in print, digital formats, or online.
- You have not been published previously by The Fiction Desk.
- You have not had a novel or collection of your short stories published in physical, printed format. (Ebook-only or website publications don't matter, as long as they don't include the story you're entering. Having had individual stories published in magazines and anthologies also doesn't affect eligibility.)
For full terms of entry and eligibility criteria, or to enter the competition, see our online entry form here.