Fiction

Prize

2021

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First Prize

The Rollick Magazine Fiction Prize is valued at $1,000 and is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–6,000 words).

Rollick’s mandate is to attract cutting-edge, quality stories that inspire real engagement. We will consider work that express unique and original thought. Ideally, we want you to share stories that let us explore the world through your eyes. 

Stories Worth Telling. Rollick.

Entry Criteria

The Prize is open to writers of any nationality writing in English aged 16 and over at the time of the closing date.

Entries must be entirely your own work. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.

Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast, have won or been placed (2nd, 3rd, runner up etc) in any other competition.

If your entry has been long-listed or shortlisted in other competitions, and provided it has not won a prize or been published, it is eligible.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize elsewhere or be published prior to the date of prize giving. Entry fees will not be refunded.

You must inform us immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.

Entries submitted posthumously are not eligible.

You can send in a range of writing that aligns to the broader category of fiction: Short stories, poetry, memoirs, confessionals, experimental writing, and anything else in between.

  1. All entries must be received by midday EAST on 31 December 2021.
  2. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 years and over.
  3. Entries will be accepted from anywhere in the world.
  4. Stories must be a minimum of 2,000 words, but no more than 6,000 words.
  5. Stories must be written in English.
  6. Stories must be typed, double-spaced, and in a readable, 12 point font.
  7. Stories must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured amongst the winners in another competition.

To understand more about how we work, please see our FAQs.

We accept simultaneous entries, meaning that your work can be offered elsewhere during the judging of the Rollick Prize.

However, if any entry is selected for our longlist, the entrant will have 24 hours to decide if they wish to withdraw their story or remain in contention for the Rollick Prize.

In order to be eligible to progress to our shortlist, all works must remain exclusive to the Rollick Prize.  

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