Welcome to the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, a competition open to black, Asian and minority ethnic writers living in the UK or 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 fourth year of the prize. Over the previous years, 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 Yiming Ma for his story ‘Swimmer of Yangtze’. Yiming said of the prize:

‘Generosity, in these challenging political times, becomes especially precious. I feel grateful to 4th Estate for nurturing my story “Swimmer of Yangtze”, believing in the voices of minority writers and giving us a platform to share our untold stories’

You can read Yiming’s story here, as well as the complete shortlist: SPAM by Savannah Burney, Something Buried in the Ground by Jason Deelchand, City of Culture by Kit Fan, The Piano by Gurnaik Johal and Bus Stop by Varaidzo.

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

Our judges this year are literary agent Niki Chang; author and journalist Emma Dabiri; author Michael Donkor; 4th Estate Publishing Director Helen Garnons-Williams; and Claire Armitstead, Associate Editor for culture at the Guardian.

The longlist will be announced on 16th July 2019, the shortlist on 13th August 2019, and the winner on 10th September 2019 at a prize ceremony in London.

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