The Moth Short Story International Prize 2017

Publish Date: Jan 24, 2017

Deadline: Jun 30, 2017


Launched in 2011, The Moth  is an important date on the literary calendar. Every year, a single judge is asked to choose three winning stories, to feature in the autumn issue of The Moth. Previous judges include John Boyne, Martina Evans, Donal Ryan and Mike McCormack.

1st prize €3,000

2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France

3rd prize €1,000


This year’s judge is Belinda McKeon. Her debut novel Solace won the Faber Prize and was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her essays and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and the Paris Review. As a playwright, she has had work produced in Dublin and New York, and is currently under commission to the Abbey Theatre. She lives in Brooklyn and is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Rutgers University.


The Prize is open to anyone (over 18), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.
There is a word limit of 6,000.
The entry fee is €12 per story. You can enter online or send your story along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an entry form or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of your story (or stories) attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland. 
The winners will be announced in September 2017 and all three stories will appear in the autumn issue of The Moth.
Call 00 353 (0)87 2657251 or email for more details.

The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the story.

It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth.

Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet.

No name or address should appear on the same page as the story.

Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy.

No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.


    The Prize is open to anyone.
    Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published,
    published online or broadcast.
    You can enter as as many stories as you like.
    There is a word limit of 6,000.


Payment can be made by cheque (Irish and UK only), by credit/debit card via PayPal (to or by postal order (Ireland only)

Entry fee is €12 per story 
Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’, with the sender's name and address on the back. Postal entries can also be paid in cash (either in US dollars, Sterling or Euros at the current exchange rate).

Receipt of entry

Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked 'ACKNOWLEDGEMENT' if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry (include international reply coupon if entering from overseas).
Online entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal.


Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but The Moth will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning stories in the autumn 2017 issue and any relevant promotional material.

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