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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The annual prize of £1,000 goes to the best unpublished short story of the year.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 2022 Prize

We are now taking entries for the 2022 V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. This Prize for the best unpublished short story of the year was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest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 warmth of feeling and mastery of narrative.

The author of the winning entry will be awarded a prize of £1,000 and have their story published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review. We are grateful to ALCS for their support of the Prize.

This year’s judges are Jenn AshworthCynan Jones and Emma Paterson.

The closing date for entries to the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize is Friday 16 September 2022 at 5pm (BST). Submissions will only be accepted via the online form. Please read the eligibility and guidelines prior to submitting.

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Entries for low-income writers

The RSL is committed to increasing accessibility and supporting writers of all incomes. As such, we are offering 50 free entries to low-income writers based in the UK.

To apply for a free entry to this year’s prize please e-mail martha.stenhouse@rsliterature.org using the subject ‘Free VSP Entry Application’ and in the body of the email include your name, postcode and one line on why you are eligible for a free entry, such being in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Benefit, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, or a full-time student or carer. All details will be kept in the strictest confidence and have no bearing on your Prize entry.

If you are unable to complete the online entry form for other reasons, please contact Martha Stenhouse, General Manager, martha.stenhouse@rsliterature.org or 020 7845 4679.

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