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“These regular anthologies ... are becoming essential volumes for fans of short fiction.”

— Scott Pack

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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 previous volumes to see what we publish.

How to Enter

The Newcomer Prize will open for entries in spring. The winners of the 2017 edition can be found on our blog here. The winning stories will appear in our next anthology, due early 2018. Why not subscribe to the anthology series and receive your copy as soon as it's published?

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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to enter a story or stories for the Newcomer Prize, you need to meet the following conditions:

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