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.

This year’s competition is now closed. Look out for it again in 2022!

The 2021 longlist will be announced on 29th June , the shortlist on the 29th July and the winner on the 1st September.

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

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