V.S. Pritchett Memorial 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 The annual prize of £1,000 goes to the best unpublished short story of the year.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.

Oliver Pritchett

 

The 2016 Prize

The winner of the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2016 is Fiona Marshall for her story The Street of Baths. This year’s judges are Aamer Hussein, Peter Kemp and Sara Taylor. The prize, now in its sixteenth year, is awarded for the year’s best unpublished short story.

The other stories on the shortlist:
• Clare Colvin, ‘The Scattering’
• Jasmine Donahaye, ‘Theft’
• Kenneth Steven, ‘The Listener’

We are grateful to Christopher and 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.

For full details please download the press release.

If you have any media enquiries, please contact Annette Brook: annette@rsliterature.org or call 020 7845 4680.

The winner of the £1,000 prize was announced at our event Telling Tales on 17 November. The winning entry will be published in Prospect Magazine and in The RSL Review.

Past recipients

2015Jonathan TelThe Seduction of a Provincial  Accountant
2014Alice JollyRay the Rottweiler
2013Peter AdamsonSahel
2012Martina DevlinSinging Dumb
2011Carys DaviesThe Redemption of Galen Pike
2010Michael NewtonThe Premises
2009Kate ClanchyThe Not-Dead and the Saved
2008Cynthia Rogerson‘A Dangerous Place’
2007Gabriela Blandy‘The Buck’
2006Henry Peplow‘Master Sunny’
2005Jonathan Haylett‘Bendera Beach’
2004Ed Siegle‘Nine Lives, One Life’
2003Cherise Saywell‘Beef Queen’
2001Simon Korner‘Falling’
2000Emma Barklamb‘No and Yes’
1999John Arden‘The Stealing Steps’