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The annual prize of £1,000 goes to the best unpublished short story of the year.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 2020 Prize
We will open for entries on Monday 2 March 2020. Details of how to submit will be available on this page from that date.
The 2019 Prize
The shortlist also included:
- K.M. ELKES, ‘Alone, But Not Lost’
- CATHERINE FINN, ‘The Celt’
- NAT LUURTSEMA, ‘Howling Pack of Undesirables’
- DIANA MCCAULAY, ‘Picking Crabs in Negril’
- STEPHEN WALSH, ‘The Leash’
- RACHEL BOWER, ‘Holly’
- JON FORTGANG, ‘Drawing In The Air: The Biro Art of Spencer Williams’
- BEDA HIGGINS, ‘A Life’
- SUMANA KHAN, ‘The Touch’
- RACHEL MALIK, ‘Wires’
The 2019 judges were Candice Carty-Williams, Philip Hensher and Leone Ross.
We are grateful to to Prospect Magazine for publishing the winning entry online and to ALCS for supporting the prize-giving event and to Faber &Faber for hosting it.
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Past recipients (click the links to read the story on Prospect Magazine)
|2018||Emily Ruth Ford||‘Please Be Good to Me‘|
|2017||Emily Ruth 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’|