The Asian Writer Short Story Prize 2018

We’re pleased to announce that our annual short story prize returns for a fifth year and is now open for entries. We’re looking for new and original fiction under 4000 words to publish.

Theme: Food

Stories can be any length (up to 4000 words) style, or subject and we’re keen to see how writers explore and interpret the theme.

£10 per entry. Max three entries per person.


1st Prize   – £100 National Book Token

Runner-up Prize – £50 National Book Token

A shortlist of 12 stories will be chosen to be published in a new anthology.

Please pay for your entry prior to sending us your story, confirming your payment reference in your email.

Email entries to with Short Story Prize 2017 in the subject heading. Please include a short biography of no more than 100 words.

Deadline:  30th December 2017


The Asian Writer Short Story Prize


These are the full terms and conditions for The Asian Writer Short Story Competition 2018

1. The Asian Writer Short Story Competition 2018 is open to all ages and nationalities. The prize aims to specifically actively encourage British Asian writers to submit their work.

2. All entries must be original unpublished prose, on any theme and no more than 4,000 words. The entry must not have been submitted or published the work elsewhere including other competitions.

3. Entries cannot be extracts from longer works or unfinished at the time of entry. We will not allow entries to be amended at a later date so please submit completed stories only.

4. Writers may submit more than one entry. Payment is per entry. Max. three.

5. Winners will be notified at the email address stated in their entry. You can follow updates on our website at, on Twitter (@theasianwriter) and our Facebook page (The Asian Writer)

6. Entries must be submitted via email to with the subject heading: The Asian Writer Short Story Competition 2018. Please include your email address and other contact details in the body of the email. Your entry can appear in the body of the email or as an email attachment. Please ensure your entry is sent in a doc. format. No other formats including docx, wps, txt, or pdf will be accepted.

7. Your entry must be submitted before midnight on 30th December 2017. Entries will not be accepted after this date. Please don’t leave it til midnight to submit your entry.

8. By submitting, the entrant grants Dahlia Publishing the right to publish their entry on The Asian Writer and/or in a published collection in the event of their work being shortlisted and/or winning the competition. The copyright of the works will remain with individual authors.

9. Dahlia Publishing cannot accept responsibility for entries which are not received or which are received after the closing date due to technical failure or for any other reason.

10. Winners agree to participate in publicity events in connection with the competition.

11. Dahlia Publishing and the winners may enter into agreements which will grant Dahlia Publishing the publishing, broadcasting, serial and electronic rights in the shortlisted and winning entries.

12. Dahlia Publishing reserves the right to change the rules of this competition without notice.

13. The winner of the competition will be notified in March 2018 and the winning entry published on

14. Any prizes offered must be taken within 30 days and is subject to availability.

15. The decision of the competition judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

16. Employees of Dahlia Publishing, and members of their immediate family, are excluded from participating in the competition.

17. We may, from time to time, inform you of new books and special offers that we think will be of interest.

18. Please send direct competition queries to  Do not send queries in the comments box on our website as these will be unanswered.


Previous Winners:

2016 – The Swim by Jamilah Ahmed

2015 – Seascapes by CG Menon

2013 – The Gardener by Jocelyn Watson

2012 – Easy to Forget, Easy to Remember by Deepa Anappara