Monday, 14 March 2011


First prize: £10,000*
Deadline for entries: Friday 12th August 2011

Judges: Heather Beck, John Burnside, Alison MacLeod and Nicholas Royle.

Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing School at MMU is launching the second Manchester Fiction Prize – a major international literary competition celebrating excellence in creative writing.

The Manchester Fiction Prize* is open internationally and will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best short story submitted. The competition is open to both new and established writers aged 16 or over; there is no upper age limit.

All entrants are asked to submit a complete short story of up to 3,000 words in length. The story can be on any subject, and written in any style, but must be fiction and new work, not previously published, or submitted for consideration elsewhere during this competition.

The Manchester Fiction Prize celebrates the substantial cultural and literary achievements of Manchester, building on the work of the Manchester Writing School at MMU and enhancing the city's reputation as one of Europe's most adventurous and creative spaces. The prizes will be awarded at a gala ceremony hosted as part of the 2011 Manchester Literature Festival.

To enter the competition online, or to download a printable entry pack for postal submission, go to:

If you would like a printed entry pack to be posted out to you, or if you have any queries, please contact:

James Draper
Project Manager: The Manchester Writing School
Department of English
Manchester Metropolitan University
Telephone: +44 (0) 161 247 1787 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +44 (0) 161 247 1787      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

*Terms and Conditions apply. See here for details.


Rachel Fenton said...

That's the first thing that's had me excited in months..haven't seen a fee yet though...

Thanks for posting this - oh finger on the pulse woman!


£15 sterling to enter. Kinda steep.

Miss_Úna said...

Wowza! That is a tidy sum indeed, eh the 10K that is, not the entry fee. Go for it ladies!