Call for Applications

BAME Short Story Prize 2017 for Black, Asian, minority ethnic writers living in the UK and Ireland

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Submission Deadline: Sunday 2nd April 2017.

The Guardian and 4th Estate are proud to present the BAME Short Story Prize, a competition open to Black, Asian, minority ethnic writers living in the UK and Ireland who are 18 and above.



  • All short stories sent in shall be fully completed at the time of submission, in prose and written in English.
  • Submissions must have never been self-published or had an ISBN.
  • All short stories must be the entrants own original work, and must not have been published in a previous version or adapted from a previous book (such as being adapted from earlier YA or crime genre novels).
  • Entrants must live in the UK & IRELAND.
  • Entrants must not at the time of entering or when the winner is chosen be represented by a literary agent or under a publishing contract



The winner will receive £1,000 and a one day publishing workshop at 4th Estate, and their story will be published on the Guardian website.

Submission procedure:

  • To enter, all you need to do is fill in the form , and upload your short story of up to 6,000 words in PDF format by Sunday 2nd April.
  • Entrants must place the title of the story and author name at the beginning of the short story.
  • The longlist will be announced on Monday 8th May, the shortlist on Monday 5th June, and the winner on Thursday 13th July at a prize ceremony in London.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  BAME Short Story Prize 2017

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