Desperate Literature

Short Fiction Prize

April 14, 2024 - Check back on February 15th for Upcoming Deadline
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A prize of €1,500 (approximately $1,628), publication in the Desperate Literature prize anthology, and a weeklong residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation’s castle in the Umbria region of Italy is given annually for a work of short fiction. Winners also receive a consultation with literary agent Charlotte Seymour (Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency), an editorial meeting with the Literary Consultancy, and the opportunity to give readings at Desperate Literature in Madrid and Burley Fisher Books in London. Megan McDowell, Ottessa Moshfegh, Samanta Schweblin, and Alejandro Zambra will judge. Submit a story of up to 2,000 words with a €20 (approximately $22) entry fee and €10 (approximately $11) for each additional entry (with a maximum of five entries per person) by April 14. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 

Desperate Literature, Short Fiction Prize, Calle Campomanes 13, 28013 Madrid, Spain. Terry Craven and Charlotte Delattre, Coowners.