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

We want to read your story, whatever it may be.

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

After the winner is announced, the full shortlist will be published on 4thestate.co.uk.

This is the third year of the prize and we have been overwhelmed by the quality of the stories we have found and the impact the prize has had. Last year’s winner was Lisa Smith for her story, Auld Lang Syne. On accepting the prize, she said:

‘Winning the Guardian 4th Estate BAME short story prize was incredible and I was delighted to win, especially given the strong stories and talented writers on last year’s shortlist.

To get some recognition as a new writer has made an unbelievable difference to me. Writing is exposing, so to have people from the literary world praise my work and reward it was a tremendous boost to my confidence.’

You can read Lisa’s story here, as well as the complete shortlist: 7-Eleven by Henry Wong, Duty Free by Kit Fan, Greed by Avani Shah, Teddybird by Jimi Famurewa and Words for Sounds by Arun Das.

You can download the audiobook featuring Lisa’s winning story and all of the shortlist here.

Our judges this year are award-winning writer Reni Eddo-Lodge, journalist Sarah Shaffi, Mostly Lit co-host Alex Reads, the Guardian’s Claire Armitstead, agent Elise Dillsworth and 4th Estate Commissioning Editor Anna Kelly.

To enter, all you need to do is fill in the form below and upload your short story of up to 6,000 words in PDF format by 1st June 2018. Please place the title of your story at the beginning of the PDF, but do not include your name. The longlist will be announced on 9th July 2018, the shortlist on 6th August 2018, and the winner on 12th September 2018 at a prize ceremony in London. Please make sure to read all the Terms and Conditions.

Any questions? Email BAMEprize@harpercollins.co.uk. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #BAMEprize.


First Name
Last Name
Email*
Date Of Birth
Short Story Title
Do you currently reside in the UK or Ireland?
Ethnicity
Are you currently under a publishing contract?*
P.S. You can unsubscribe from this list at any time, for further information please see our Privacy Policy

Comments are closed.