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Do you have a story to tell for £5000?

IMG_0570Here is a short story contest that spreads across the Commonwealth countries.

The regional awards will be £2500 and the overall award will be £5000.

The contest ends November 1st 2019.

The entries can range from 2000 to 5000 words. Read more

The Royal Society of Literature announces the nineteenth V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the nineteenth V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. This prize for the best unpublished short story of the year was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century, and to preserve a tradition encompassing Pritchett’s warmth of feeling and mastery of narrative.

The author of the winning entry will be awarded a prize of £1,000 and have their story published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review. The V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize is administered by the Royal Society of Literature. We are grateful to Jennie Bland for sponsoring the prize, to ALCS for making the prize-giving event possible, and to Prospect magazine for publishing the winning entry online.

The judges for 2018 are Tibor Fischer, Irenosen Okojie and Leone Ross.



The closing date for entries to the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize is 29 June 2018 at midnight (BST).

Submission Guidelines


  • Entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth (see list of countries here) and likely to be available for a prizegiving event in Autumn 2018.
  • Stories entered for the competition must not have been published previously, or broadcast in any other medium.
  • Multiple entries to this competition are permitted but must be submitted and paid for individually.
  • Entrants must be over 18 at the time of submission.

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Kitaab announces publishing plan; changes in submissions guidelines

Note from the Editor

Dear friends of Kitaab,

2013 marked Kitaab’s foray into publishing. We published and released our first title, Urdu Poetry: An Introduction. Many of you might have noticed the announcement here. The book was launched at the Singapore Writers Festival on 8 November. Many friends of Kitaab showed up for the book launch. If you were one of them, I want to take this opportunity to thank you.

When Kitaab was launched in 2005, the idea was to celebrate Asian writers and Asian writing in English. We have remained true to our vision. Now we want to do more.

Next year we want to publish at least five titles across fiction and non-fiction genres. We want to be a boutique publishing house with titles that will serve our broad theme: Asia+n writing in English. We want to publish books that will travel around the world.

What kind of books we want to publish?

We love short stories, so we will pay special attention to short stories in the first year (Please note: our favourite short story writers are Chekhov, Kafka, Raymond Carver, Hemingway, Joyce, Manto, Yiyun Li and Jhumpa Lahiri, among others). Your stories need not be centred around one theme. We want to break the myth that a short story collection should be around a theme (who invented that rule?). We believe that a collection is a collection and that’s what it should be: a bouquet of flowers, with variety.

We love novels too but we are not looking to publish novels yet. So please do not send us your novel’s manuscript (unless yours is a short one such as Camus’ The Stranger or Hesse’s Siddhartha). Ditto for poetry. Essays or other works of non-fiction and children’s literature are also welcome.

Send us your pitch (2-3 chapters with a synopsis and author bio) and we will get back to you within 2-3 weeks. Drop us a note at kitaab.sg@gmail.com today if you have something ready.

That was the big announcement.

Here’s a not so big announcement but I think it is important to our contributors.

So far, we were not able to pay an honorarium to our contributors, especially our short story writers and poets.  Now we are. We are making a small beginning here. For details, please read our submission page.

That’s it for now folks. We will make some more exciting announcements early next year. Until then, keep supporting Kitaab and keep in touch.

With best wishes,

Zafar Anjum

Editor, Kitaab