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The annual prize of £1,000 goes to the best unpublished short story of the year.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.
The 2017 Prize
The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the 2017 V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for unpublished short stories. In addition to a prize of £1000 and publication in the RSL Review and Prospect Magazine online the winner (and shortlist) will have the opportunity to appear at an RSL event with Tessa Hadley in autumn 2017.
The closing date for entries is Wednesday 14 June 2017.
You can also submit by post. Please download the application form.
The 2016 Prize
The winner of the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize 2016 is Fiona Marshall for her story The Street of Baths. The 2016 judges were Aamer Hussein, Peter Kemp and Sara Taylor. 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.
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|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’|