White Review Short Story prize to expand to US and Canada

White Review Short Story prize to expand to US and Canada

Annual short story competition the White Review Short Story Prize will be running simultaneously in the UK & Ireland and in the US & Canada for the first time next year.

Supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by an unpublished writer resident in Britain and Ireland. The new US and Canada prize will award $3,000 to the best piece of short fiction by an unpublished writer resident in North America.

In both cases, the judges will be looking for short stories that "explore and expand the possibilities of the form", encouraging submissions from all literary genres with no restrictions on theme or subject matter. 

The judges for the 2017 White Review Short Story Prize in Britain and Ireland are Mitzi Angel, publisher at Faber & Faber; writer Joe Dunthorne; and agent Alba Ziegler-Bailey.

Submissions for the prize close on 1st March 2017 and 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’.