4thWrite Prize 2021

Welcome to the 4thWrite Short Story Prize, in association with the Guardian, a competition open to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers.

The prize has been refreshed and renamed to celebrate its fifth year running, and we can’t wait to read your stories.

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.

Over the previous years, we have been overwhelmed by the quality of the stories submitted and the impact the prize has had. Our most recent winner was Kandace Siobhan Walker for her story ‘Deep Heart’, a poignant exploration of kinship and community. ‘Deep Heart’ can be read here.

The judges this year are: Nelle Andrew, literary agent at Rachel Mills Literary; Liv Little, writer and founder of gal-dem; Inua Ellams, author, poet and playwright; Aimée Felone, co-founder of Knights Of; Anna Kelly, Editorial Director at 4th Estate; and Claire Armitstead, associate editor for culture at the Guardian.

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 30th April 2021. Entrants must place the title of the story at the beginning of the short story, but must NOT include their name anywhere on the document.

The longlist will be announced on 24th June 2021, the shortlist on the 29th July 2021 and the winner on the 2nd September 2021.

Please make sure to read all the Terms and Conditions.

Any questions? Email 4thWritePrize@harpercollins.co.uk and join the conversation on Twitter using #4thWritePrize.

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