V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize
This prize 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 mastery of narrative.
The annual prize of £1,000 goes to the best unpublished short story of the year. The winning entry is also published in Prospect Magazine and the RSL Review.
The short story, my father once wrote, is ‘exquisitely difficult’. For the author, that is. All the same, I hope that many, many people will enter this competition in his memory. And if they want encouragement and inspiration they may find it in one of his own short stories. There are so many to choose from, but I would particularly recommend ‘The Evils of Spain’, one of my favourites, from the very beginning of his amazingly long writing career, or the wonderful ‘Cocky Olly’, written more than half a century later.
The 2018 Prize
The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the nineteenth V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. There is a prize of £1,000, and the winning entry will be published in Prospect magazine online and in the RSL Review.
The judges this year are Tibor Fischer, Irenosen Okojie and Leone Ross.
Entries can also be sent by post to:
VSP, The Royal Society of Literature
Somerset House, Strand
London, WC2R 1LA
Postal entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form (which also contains full rules and eligibility criteria). Download the application form.
The closing date for entries is Friday 29 June 2018.
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.
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Past recipients (click the links to read the story on Prospect Magazine)
|2017||Emily Ford||‘The Hikers‘|
|2016||Fiona Marshall||‘The Street of Baths‘|
|2015||Jonathan Tel||‘The Seduction of a Provincial Accountant‘|
|2014||Alice Jolly||‘Ray the Rottweiler‘|
|2012||Martina Devlin||‘Singing Dumb‘|
|2011||Carys Davies||‘The Redemption of Galen Pike‘|
|2010||Michael Newton||‘The Premises‘|
|2009||Kate Clanchy||‘The Not-Dead and the Saved‘|
|2008||Cynthia Rogerson||‘A Dangerous Place’|
|2007||Gabriela Blandy||‘The Buck’|
|2006||Henry Peplow||‘Master Sunny’|
|2005||Jonathan Haylett||‘Bendera Beach’|
|2004||Ed Siegle||‘Nine Lives, One Life’|
|2003||Cherise Saywell||‘Beef Queen’|
|2000||Emma Barklamb||‘No and Yes’|
|1999||John Arden||‘The Stealing Steps’|