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The Moth International Short Story Prize: Entries Close 30 June

The Moth Short Story Prize 2018

The Moth Magazine is currently inviting entries from writers around the world to its annual short story prize. The winner will receive €3000.

This prize is open to previously unpublished works of fiction up to 5000 words. In addition to the €3000 (approximately US$3700) first prize, a second prize will be awarded with the winner to receive a writing retreat at Circle of Misse, located in the south of France’s Loire Valley plus €250. The third prize winner receives €1000 and all three winners will have their stories published in the autumn issue of The Moth.

The winners will be decided by judge Kevin Barry. Barry is a previous winner of the Sunday Times Short Award and his debut novel, City of Bohane, won the €100,000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

The judging takes place anonymously; Barry will only learn the identities of the shortlisted writers after the selection of the winning stories. The  Moth publisher Rebecca O’Connor thinks this is an important way of levelling the playing field. According to O’Connor, The Moth is “passionate about nurturing new talent and much of what we publish is by new or up-and-coming writers. We want to produce a magazine which is vibrant and new, and which keeps its readers on its toes. So often, these publications can become stale when they focus too much on names and not enough on entertaining their readers . . . Having just one judge means there is no compromise. We’re thrilled to have Kevin Barry this year.”

The Moth Short Story Prize closes on Saturday 30 June 2018. An entry fee of €12 is payable with each entry. For full entry details visit The Moth website.

To discover more writing prizes, see our guide to short story contests in 2018.

About The Moth

“The Moth is a beautiful creature.” – David Mitchell

Founded in June 2010, The Moth is an Irish quarterly printed arts and literature magazine based in featuring poetry, short fiction and art by established and up-and-coming writers and artists. Each issue also features two interviews with writers or artists.

In addition to its annual prizes for poetry and short fiction, The Moth also accepts unsolicited submissions. Prose pieces (up to two short stories) should preferably be no longer than 3000 words. If you are submitting poetry, then you are asked to send no more than six poems. Submissions are also open for The Moth’s junior edition, The Caterpillar. The Caterpillar’s audience is primarily readers aged between 7 and 11.