Short Fiction Prize now open

The editorial team at Short Fiction journal are excited to announce the relaunch of our internationally-renowned Prize, now the Short Fiction/University of Essex Prize. It offers £500 for the winner and £250 for the runner-up, and will be judged by acclaimed author Jon McGregor.

Submissions are open now! The deadline is 31 March 2020, but if you enter in January or February, you’ll benefit from a discounted entry fee of £7 instead of £9. We are also offering 25 free entries for writers for whom the fee would be a barrier to entry – but hurry, as these are offered first-come, first-served.

It’s the start of a new and exciting time for us, as we’re affiliating with the University of Essex LiFTS department – not just through their sponsorship of the Prize, but also to support our publishing excellent short fiction as we head into the new decade. In the coming year we’ll be getting into a position to handle submissions through Submittable, reduce our response times and – best of all – significantly increase our payments to writers.

But, for now, the Prize! All details are on the Competition page of our website, but the headlines are: it’s open internationally, judged blind, with a maximum length of 5,000 words. A shortlist will be announced in May, with the winner and runner-up chosen by Jon McGregor and announced in June.

We can’t wait to start reading your entries – and we’d really appreciate it if you could spread the word about the Prize through your own networks. Thanks!

Ruby, Agri, Liam, Maria, Emma, Naush and Jon

England’s Future History announces winners

After many great entries on everything from genetic engineering to England’s football team, we’ve select our three winners.

The three stories are the first to be published on our new site, which aims to create a new vision of the future of our country through short stories.

It’s was hard to choose the winners, but we managed to get it down to three. They are…

Click on the links above to read these stories or go to our site. It also means we’ve updated our future timeline with the events of these brilliant short stories.

And it means we’re now accepting submissions for the June 30th deadline. Anyone wanting to enter should read the stories and check our timeline to make sure their piece fits in with the events now established. More details on how to enter can be found here.