Where do I enter?
Where can I find the Terms and Conditions of entry?
Can I enter by post?
When do entries close?
Entries close at 11:59 pm on the 31st October 2022.
What is the prize pool?
The prize pool is $1000 USD. $600 USD for first place, $250 USD for second place, and $150 USD for third place. The winning entries will also be published on the Letter Review website.
What is the entry fee?
The entry fee is $20 USD per story.
What is the word limit for the LRP?
We are seeking short stories between 400 – 2000 words.
How many times can I enter?
You can enter as many times as you like, but each entry must be submitted with a new entry fee.
Is there an age limit?
You must be over 12 at time of submission.
Do I need to have experience as a writer?
No. The Prize is judged blind and is for published and unpublished writers.
Is the Prize judged blind?
Can I alter my story after I submit it?
Will my work be checked for plagiarism?
Can I submit a story with pictures?
No. Only text please.
Can I submit a poem?
No. Only fiction please.
What do I do if I am having trouble submitting my story?
Reach out to us at email@example.com
How should I format my story?
12 pt font size. Numbered pages. Name should not be included on submission or document file name. Please submit as word documents: .doc or .docx.
Do I have to write on a particular theme?
No, there is no set theme for the LRP.
Are there any genre limitations for the LRP?
No, you may write in any genre.
What is the judging criteria?
The ‘best story’ will be selected as the winner.
Which countries can I enter from?
You can enter from any country in the world.
Which languages are accepted?
Your story must be written in English.
What about translations?
No translations please. Only original stories written in English.
How can I learn more about the LRP?
Visit the Letter Review Prize for Short Stories homepage here.
Can I submit a nonfiction entry?
No, the LRP is for fiction only.
Who are the judges?
Nakita Dass and Oliver Wakelin are the judges. See their bios here.
Can I submit a co-written story?
No. You must be the sole author of your story.
Can I enter a story on behalf of someone else?
No, the author must enter the story themselves.
Do I have to submit an unpublished story?
Yes, stories must be previously unpublished. This includes publication on blogs, and on social media. Stories that have been written as part of creative writing programs are eligible, so long as they have not been published publicly (appearing in the group chat of your writing class etc. is fine – as long as access is password protected).
My story was longlisted / shortlisted for another prize. Can I enter?
Yes, as long as the story was not published.
Can I submit my story elsewhere?
You can submit your story elsewhere. If your story is longlisted in the LRP you must then either withdraw your story from consideration elsewhere, or withdraw your story from the LRP.
When will authors be contacted about the result?
Longlisted authors will be contacted before the end of November 2022. The shortlist will then be announced by the end of December, and the winners shortly after that. Unsuccessful authors will be notified via announcement on Letter Review at the time of the release of the longlist.
Do the longlist and shortlist get published?
Writers on the shortlist and longlist have the ability to enter discussions about publication on Letter Review if they wish. Letter Review is not in a position to pay shortlisted and longlisted writers.
Will I receive a confirmation email?
You should receive a confirmation email in response to your submission. Make sure to check your spam folder if you cannot find it.
Will you give me feedback on my story?
Unfortunately we can not give feedback on stories.
How can I stay up to date about the LRP?
Make sure to join the newsletter at Letter Review and we will keep you up to date.