The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce that the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize, for best unpublished short story, is open for its twenty-first year. The winner will receive £1,000 and the winning entry will be published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review.

  • Stories must be written in English and be between 2,000 and 4,000 words.
  • Entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth (see list of countries here) and likely to be available for a prize-giving event in autumn 2020
  • Stories entered for the competition must not have been published previously (including online) or broadcast in any other medium
  • Multiple entries to this competition are permitted but must be submitted and paid for individually (the fee is £7.50 per entry to cover administration costs)
  • Entrants must be over 18 at the time of submission

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3rd July 2020, midnight.

Submit your work via the Royal Society of Literature website.