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KYD partners with Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

Kill Your Darlings has signed on as a partner journal for the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize.

The international experimental fiction award, launched by the Madrid-based bookshop Desperate Literature in 2017, is for short pieces under 2000 words. The shortlisted stories will be published in a print book by Desperate Literature, and will be put forward for publication to the prize’s nine partner journals, which also include Gorse Journal (Ireland), Helter Skelter (India) and The London Magazine.

The overall winner of the prize receives €1500 (A$2340), a seven-day stay at the Civitella Ranieri artist’s residency in Umbria, Italy, and a consultation with a London-based literary agent. Separate from the overall winner, one other shortlisted writer will be offered a spot at the Tbilisi International Festival of Literature, along with a 10-day residency at the Writers’ House of Georgia, with a travel stipend of €400 (A$624) provided. Two runners-up will each receive €750 (A$1170).

Last year, New Zealand writer Jenah Shaw was a runner-up for the prize, while fellow New Zealand writer Catherine Bisley was shortlisted. The judges for the 2021 prize are writers Ottessa Moshfegh, Derek Owusu and Isabel Waidner. For more information, see the Desperate Literature website.


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