V. S. Pritchett Short Story Prize
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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The annual prize of £1,000 goes to the best unpublished short story of the year.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 2020 Prize
Congratulations Kate Lockwood Jefford wins the £1,000 V. S. Pritchett Short Story Prize 2020 with ‘Picasso’s Face’.
The 2020 judges of the Prize, which is awarded for the year’s best unpublished short story, are Kate Clanchy, Barbara Jenkins and Derek Owusu.
The RSL is grateful to Prospect for publishing the winning entry online.
The 2020 shortlist:
- Susan Clegg ‘Dogwood’
- Charlotte Derrick ‘Christmastime, Paracetamol, and Wine’
- Ciarán Folan ‘Spell’
- Ed Hogan ‘A Guide to Household Infestations’
- Sarah Zimmerman ‘Lexi’
Please read the press release for more information.
The 2020 longlist:
- Sheila Armstrong ‘Harlow’
- Terri Armstrong ‘Going Back’
- Eddie Bruce-Jones ‘The Last Cicadas’
- David Fisher ‘Grace’
- Habon Jama ‘The Smell of Rain’
- Rose McDonagh ‘Nightjar’
- Conor Montague ‘Distilling’
- Tope Owolabi ‘Luggage’
- Olivia Seligman ‘The Gap’
- Marion Valentine ‘Messages to Chip’
- Dolores Walshe ‘This Hamlet’
The winner will be announced on Tuesday 15 December.
We are grateful to 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)
|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’|