The RW Short Story Prize

Judge: Alison Moore

Judge: Alison Moore

Alison Moore’s first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Awards (New Writer of the Year), winning the McKitterick Prize. Both The Lighthouse and her second novel, He Wants, were Observer Books of the Year. A third novel, Death and the Seaside, is out now. Her shorter fiction has been included in Best British Short Stories and​ Best British Horror anthologies, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and collected in The Pre-War House and Other Stories.


  • 1st Place: £350
  • 2nd Place £200
  • 3rd Place £100
  • Shortlisted: £20

All winning and shortlisted stories published in the annual anthology.

Entry Fees:

  • £15 for 1 story
  • £28 for 2 stories
  • £35 for 3 stories

Deadline: 29th October 2017

Word Count: 1500 – 4000 (title not included)

Writing a winning story: The best way to discover what kind of stories impress the initial readers and the judges is to read them. The 2016 winning and shortlisted stories have all been published in the anthology, What Was Left, available in paperback and ebook.

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Competition Rules

  • Submit stories written in English through Submittable using the button below by 23.45 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included)
  • Do not include your name on the story document or submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the email. All entries are read anonymously so any submissions showing the author’s name will be disqualified.
  • Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print, or have won any other competitions (longlisted and shortlisted places in other competitions is fine)
  • By entering the competition you agree to your story being published in the winners’ anthology
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed but if your story wins a prize or is published prior to the winner’s announcement your entry will become ineligible and entry fees will not be refunded
  • Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction
  • You can enter up to 3 stories
  • The judge’s decision is final
  • Anthologies and prizes will be presented at a launch event