Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fiction Competition: The Moth International Short Story Prize

The Moth International Short Story Prize is open until June 30, 2017.
Entry Fee: €12
Prizes: First prize is €3,000. Second prize is a week’s writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France. Third prize is €1,000. The winning stories will be published in the autumn issue of The Moth Magazine.


Launched in 2011, The Moth Short Story Prize is an important date on the literary calendar. Every year, a single judge is asked to choose three winning stories, to feature in the autumn issue of The Moth. Previous judges include John Boyne, Martina Evans, Donal Ryan and Mike McCormack.

1st prize €3,000
2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France
3rd prize €1,000

Our thanks are due to Circle of Misse for their ongoing generous support of the prize.

You can read about the winner of last year’s Short Story Prize in the Irish Times.


This year’s judge is Belinda McKeon. Her debut novel Solace won the Faber Prize and was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her essays and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and the Paris Review. As a playwright, she has had work produced in Dublin and New York, and is currently under commission to the Abbey Theatre. She lives in Brooklyn and is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Rutgers University.

HOW TO ENTER: Online Entry form 

The Prize is open to anyone (over 18), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

There is a word limit of 6,000.

The entry fee is €12 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.

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


The winners will be announced in September 2017 and all three stories will appear in the autumn issue of The Moth.

Call 00 353 (0)87 2657251 or email:

enquiriesATthemothmagazineDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

for more details.

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