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THE MOTH SHORT STORY PRIZE 2024 IS NOW OPEN


The Moth Short Story Prize is an international prize, open to anyone from anywhere in the world, as long as their story is original and previously unpublished. The winners are chosen by a single judge each year, who reads the stories anonymously. 
 
Previous judges include Ottessa Moshfegh, Kevin Barry, Mark Haddon, Ali Smith and Sarah Hall.
 
 
THE PRIZES

1st prize €3,000
2nd prize a week at Circle of Misse plus open travel stipend
3rd prize €1,000


THE 2024 JUDGE

Louise Kennedy’s novel, Trespasses, won the McKitterick Prize, Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards, the John McGahern Prize and the An Post Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize and longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of a collection of short stories, The End of the World Is a Cul de Sac – 'a dazzling, heartbreaking debut' (The Guardian).  She has written for The Guardian, the Irish Times and BBC Radio 4. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a chef for almost thirty years. 

'Kennedy's voice, and her unforgiving gaze, are electric' Sunday Times
 
 
HOW TO ENTER

The Prize is open to anyone over 16, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

There is a word limit of 3,000.

The entry fee is €15 per story. 
 
You can enter online or send your story along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an entry form or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of your story (or stories) attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland H14 K768. 

Please note: If you are at all concerned about the formatting of your story online, please send a copy of the story (or stories) in a word doc to enquiries@themothmagazine.com, along with your entry number.

Payment can be made via PayPal to enquiries@themothmagazine.com. 

Please remember to read the rules of the competition before you enter.

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CLOSING DATE 30 JUNE 2024

The winners will be announced in August 2024.
 
The winning story will be printed as part of the summer fiction series in the Irish Times, while the 2nd and 3rd-prize-winning stories will be published in the Irish Times online.

With thanks to Circle of Misse (www.circleofmisse.com) for the superb second prize of a week-long writing retreat in France and an open travel stipend, enabling the 2nd prize winner to travel to France from anywhere in the world.
 
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