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2022 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

Date: Mon January 24 2022 12:00 am to Fri April 15 2022 11:59 pm

The prize – launched by Madrid’s Desperate Literature bookshop in 2017 – will this year partner with 15 different literary organisations, including writers residencies, bookshops, literary journals, a literary agent, and for the first time, with the UK’s longest-running editorial consultancy, The Literary Consultancy, to offer a long-form manuscript assessment and consultancy service to the winner of the 2022 prize.

In this new partnership, the 2022 prize winner will receive a manuscript assessment service of up to 60,000 words through The Literary Consultancy, as well as a one-to-one editorial consultancy session with one of TLC’s editors, to be taken place online via Zoom. The prize’s winner will also receive €1500, a 7-day stay at the Civitella Ranieri artist’s residency in Umbria, Italy, and a consultation with London-based literary agent Charlotte Seymour, of Johnson & Alcock. The winner – along with the rest of the shortlist – will also be published in a limited edition anthology book published by Desperate Literature, have their work put forward for publication to the prize’s eight partner journals, and will be invited to read at events in Madrid (Desperate Literature), London (Burley Fisher Books) and Edinburgh (Typewronger Books) in late 2022.

Two runners-up will receive €750, as well as a consultation meeting with literary agent Charlotte Seymour. Separate from the overall winner, one other shortlisted writer will be offered a spot at the Tbilisi International Festival of Literature, along with a 10-day residency at the Writers’ House of Georgia. A travel stipend of €400 will be provided.

April 15th 2022
23:59 GMT + 1 (Madrid vermouth hour)

June 1st 2022

June 15th 2021 (all shortlisters notified)

€20 for the first entry
€10 for every further entry
(max. of five entries per person)

We are happy to announce a sponsored entries scheme for under represented writers or writers suffering from financial hardship.
– 20 spaces available for full-fee sponsorship through Desperate Literature
– 30 spaces available for half-fee sponsorship through Desperate Literature

Deadline for application for a sponsored place:
April 1st 2022


Applications will be judged on a case by case basis by a member of the team with the support of Spread the Word UK. A further package of sponsored entries have been offered to the following organisations: Spread the Word (10), The Writers’ House of Georgia (3).

For more information, submission guidelines, and to enter, visit the Desperate Literature website at: https://desperateliterature.com/prize/

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