The 2021 Retreat West Prize

We’ve revamped our annual prizes for 2021 and as well as the regular Short Story and Flash Fiction categories we now have a Micro Fiction category too.

The 10 shortlisted writers in all categories will receive cash prizes and be published in a paperback and ebook anthology and will receive one copy of each.


Short Story
Words: 1000-2500
Flash Fiction
Words: 151-500
Micro Fiction
Words: Up to 150
1st Prize: £400
2nd Prize: £250
3rd Prize: £150
Shortlisted: £20
1st Prize: £350
2nd Prize: £200
3rd Prize: £100
Shortlisted: £15
1st Prize: £200
2nd Prize: £100
3rd Prize: £50
Shortlisted: £10

Judge: Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan’s latest book is Things We Say in the Dark; she is the author of three short story collections, two novels, a flash fiction chapbook, a short memoir, and collaborative work including ‘Lord Fox’, a live show of spoken word, song and harp music, and ‘The Knife-Thrower’s Wife’, an Angela Carter-inspired album. Her books have won the Lambda Literary Award, Polari Prize, Saboteur Award, Scott Prize and Gavin Wallace Fellowship. Her work has been optioned for TV, adapted for stage, recorded for radio and podcasts, exhibited in galleries and distributed from a vintage Wurlitzer cigarette machine.

Judge: Michelle Elvy

Michelle Elvy is a writer and editor based in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is founder of National Flash Fiction Day NZ and Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction, and Reviews Editor of Landfall. Her anthology editorial work includes Best Small Fictions (since 2015), Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand (2020) and Love in the Time of COVID: A Chronicle of a Pandemic, which she is presently curating with Witi Ihimaera. Her work has been widely published and anthologized, and her books include the everrumble and a new collection, the other side of better, forthcoming in 2021 from Ad Hoc Fiction.

Judge: Tim Craig

Originally from Manchester, Tim Craig lives in London. A winner of the
Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction, his stories have placed three times in the
Bath Flash Fiction Award and have appeared in both the Best
Microfiction Anthology and the annual BIFFY50 list. He is a
Submissions Editor for Smokelong Quarterly. (Twitter: @timkcraig)
Entry Fees:

£10 for 1 story

£75 for 1 story with detailed feedback
Entry Fees:

£8 for 1 story

£43 for 1 story with detailed feedback
Entry Fees:

£5 for 1 story

£25 for 1 story with detailed feedback

Read the winners of the 2020 Prize in our latest anthology

Competition Rules

  • Submit stories written in English through Submittable using the buttons above by 23.59 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included). Please use a clear font of at least size 12 so that we can read it easily!
  • Please use the name of your story as your Submission title and the document you upload.
  • Do not include your name on the story document or submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the email. All stories are read anonymously so any showing the author’s name will be disqualified.
  • Please include the word count at the start or end of the story document.
  • 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).
  • 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. If you withdraw prior to the competition deadline we will refund your entry fee minus entry the amount Submittable have charged us for processing it. Any entries withdrawn after the deadline will not have the fee refunded.
  • By entering the competition you agree to your story being published in the winners’ anthology.
  • Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction.
  • You can enter as many times as you like but all entries must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time.
  • The judge’s decision is final.
  • There will be a launch event for the anthology of winners and cash prizes will be paid on publication of the anthology.
  • Cash prize payments will be made through PayPal or via BACS.
  • There is no alternative prize.