UK Short Story Competition Open Now!

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Calling all British Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers- this competition needs your talent!

This year heralds the third annual BAME short story competition run by The Guardian Newspaper and 4th Estate team. The prize celebrates the talents of British ethnic minority writers who are in need of representation and promotion.

The winner will receive a chance to win £1,000, an exclusive one‑day publishing workshop and a taste of online publication.




Last year’s winner, Lisa Smith, had her story Auld Lang Syne published on the Guardian news website. The story follows a man in his 70s, Rufus Samuels, during an evening in jail after an altercation with his much younger girlfriend. It is a absorbing story of masculinity and ageing.

“Writing is exposing, so to have people from the literary world praise my work and reward it was a tremendous boost to my confidence.”

Sian Cain, Guardian books site editor and competition judge said of the short story:

“(It’s) a perfect example of what the short story can do when the form is at its best: containing as much of an emotional blow as that of a 800-page novel, regardless of its brevity.”

The prize is open to all Black, Asian, minority ethnic writers aged 18 or over who live in the UK or Ireland.

Judges include award-winning writer Reni Eddo-Lodge, journalist Sarah Shaffi, Mostly Lit podcast co-host Alex Reads, agent Elise Dillsworth and 4th Estate commissioning editor Anna Kelly.

Manuscripts of up to 6,000 words should be submitted to 4thestate.co.uk/prize.

Deadline for entries is the 1st of June 2018.

Entrants will have to wait until September for the winner announcement.




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BAME Short Story Competition Shortlisters Announced

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The BAME Short Story Competition from The Guardian/Fourth Estate was announced back in April 2018 and six finalists have now been announced.

The competition was created to help promote the work of British Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers who have been vastly underrepresented in the publishing world.

The winner will receive a chance to win £1,000, an exclusive one‑day publishing workshop and a taste of online publication.

The six finalists for this year’s competition have been announced- with stories about pixies and changeling children, Grenfell Tower, grief and music, and more.

The overall winner will be announced on the 12th of September.

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It’s that time of the year, when the long list for one of the most prestigious literary prizes in literature is here. It’s time for the Man Booker long list 2018 and it’s already come under much praise and criticism.

On Twitter, criticism has already been laid for the lack of diversity in authors in the list, something that seems to be becoming a bit of a regular occurrence for many of the bigger literary prizes. However, the list has also been praised for including a graphic novel for the first time in the prize’s history. Read More

Neil Gaiman Wins Science Fiction Poetry Prize

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Neil Gaiman’s poem The Mushroom Hunters has won first prize in the Long Poem category at The 2018 Rhysling Awards.

The Science Fiction Poetry Association’s award was started in 1978 in recognition of achievements in the field of speculative poetry. The award was named after the blind singer and storyteller “Noisy” Rhysling, the protagonist of Robert A. Heinlein’s “The Green Hills of Earth“.

Neil Gaiman’s poem The Mushroom Hunters beat a whole array of other-worldly poems to gain the prestigious first prize for a long poem. The poem has been heralded as the “first feminist poem about the dawn of science“.

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