The White Review Short Story Prize is an annual short story competition for emerging writers. For the first time in 2017, the White Review Short Story Prize will be running concurrently on both sides of the Atlantic, with the usual competition running in Britain and Ireland, and a separate contest taking place simultaneously in the US & Canada.
The White Review Short Story Prize was established with support from a Jerwood Charitable Foundation Small Grant in 2013. The prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in Britain & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. The US & Canada prize will award US$3,000 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in North America who has yet to secure a publishing deal.
In both cases, the judges will be looking for short stories that explore and expand the possibilities of the form. We encourage submissions from all literary genres, and there are no restrictions on theme or subject matter. We would only emphasise that the prize was founded to reward ambitious, imaginative and innovative approaches to creative writing.
Both winning stories will be published in a quarterly print issue of The White Review. Shortlisted writers will have their work published online and receive feedback from the editors of THE WHITE REVIEW.
The judges for the 2017 White Review Short Story Prize in Britain & Ireland are:
MITZI ANGEL is the publisher at Faber & Faber.
JOE DUNTHORNE was born and brought up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, has been translated into ten languages and was made into an acclaimed film directed by Richard Ayoade. His second novel, Wild Abandon, was published in 2012. His debut poetry pamphlet was published by Faber & Faber. He lives in London.
ALBA ZIEGLER-BAILEY is an agent at The Wylie Agency.
The judges for the 2017 White Review Short Story Prize in the US & Canada are:
BARBARA EPLER is the publisher of New Directions, the first US press to publish the likes of Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, Roberto Bolaño, Anne Carson, W. G. Sebald, and László Krasznahorkai.
HARI KUNZRU is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions and Gods Without Men, as well as a short story collection, Noise and a novella, Memory Palace. His novel White Tears will be published in spring 2017. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2016 Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in New York City.
ANNA STEIN is an agent at ICM. Her clients include Garth Greenwell, Ben Lerner, Maria Semple and Hanya Yanagihara.
– Submissions close on 1 March 2017. No entries will be considered if submitted after midnight on 1 March 2017 (GMT/EST).
– Both shortlists will be announced in April 2017.
– The winner of the Britain & Ireland prize will be announced at a party in London in May 2017; the winner of the US & Canada prize will be announced at a party in New York in May 2017.
In 2013, the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize was judged by novelist Deborah Levy, agent Karolina Sutton and editor Alex Bowler and won by Claire-Louise Bennett for ‘The Lady of the House’.
In 2014, the second White Review Short Story Prize was judged by novelist Kevin Barry, agent Anna Webber and editor Max Porter and won by Ruby Cowling for ‘Biophile’.
In 2015, the prize was judged by novelist Ned Beauman, agent Lucy Luck and editor Hannah Westland and won by Owen Booth for ‘I Told You I’d Buy You Anything You Wanted So You Asked For A Submarine Fleet’.
In 2016, the prize was judged by novelist Eimear McBride, agent Imogen Pelham and editor Simon Prosser and won by Sophie Mackintosh for ‘Grace’.
Terms and Conditions
Please read these eligibility and entry rules carefully before beginning the online entry process. These terms and conditions apply to both iterations of the 2017 prize. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules. For any queries not covered below, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and specify whether you’re writing about the Britain & Ireland prize or the US & Canada prize in the subject line.
1) The competition is open to unpublished writers residing in Great Britain and Ireland on the one hand; and to unpublished writers residing in the US and Canada on the other hand. Writers of any nationality may enter so long as they are residents of the territories pertaining to the prize they wish to enter.
2) There is an entry fee of £15.00. All proceeds go to THE WHITE REVIEW (Charity Number: 1148690), which ‘specialises in the publication of artistically or educationally meritorious works of new or emerging artists and writers’, and will help to ensure the future viability of the short story prize.
3) Entrants must pay the entry fee of £15 in order to be eligible.
4) Only submissions received and paid for by midnight on 1 March (GMT/EST) will be considered.
5) Entries that are not paid for, incomplete, are corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
6) The entry must be the entrant’s own original creation and must not infringe upon the right or copyright of any person or entity.
7) Writers who have existing contracts, or who have previously held contracts, with publishers for works of fiction are not eligible to enter.
8) Writers who have published work in magazines and journals are eligible to enter.
9) Writers who have published books of non-fiction are eligible to enter.
10) Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 7,000 words maximum.
11) Writers may submit one story only.
12) The story must be written in English (no translations).
13) Submissions from literary agents on behalf of their authors are allowed, so long as all the criteria for eligibility are met.
14) There are no age restrictions.
15) When submitting, please include a short covering letter including your contact details, your name and the title of your story. The covering letter should be in the same document as your submission.
16) Submissions from writers residing outside of Great Britain and Ireland on the one hand, and outside of the US & Canada on the other, will not be considered.
17) The first page should include the title of the story and the number of words.
18) All submissions should include page numbers.
19) Entries will only be accepted via the online entry form. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt.
20) The story must be original and should not have been previously published anywhere in full or in part. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites.
21) Longlisted and shortlisted entrants will be notified by email when they have made the list.
22) Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
23) No editorial feedback will be provided to unsuccessful entrants.
24) The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.
25) THE WHITE REVIEW will have the exclusive right to publish the winning and shortlisted stories for six months from first publication in THE WHITE REVIEW. After six months, the rights will revert to the authors, who may publish the stories elsewhere so long as they appropriately credit THE WHITE REVIEW.
26) Submission to the short story prize is not a condition for publication in THE WHITE REVIEW. Writers can still submit their work for consideration via the usual routes.
27) Submissions should in all cases where it is possible be submitted through the online registration process. If it necessary to submit a paper copy, please enclose proof of payment and contact details with your submission and send it to the editors at: 243 Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DN.
28) Only submissions which meet all Terms and Conditions will be considered.
29) By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
The White Review Short Story Prize was established with support from a Jerwood Charitable Foundation Small Grant in 2013.