Paris novella writing competition

The Paris Literary Prize is an international novella competition for unpublished writers. Any topic is welcome.

Shakespeare and Company has a long-standing tradition of opening its doors to aspiring writers and in keeping with that philosophy, the 10,000€ Paris Literary Prize is open to writers from around the world who have not yet published a book.

We have long been admirers of the novella, a genre which includes such classics as The Old Man and the Sea, Animal Farm, L’Étranger and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The Paris Literary Prize celebrates this small but perfectly formed genre while giving a unique opportunity to writers whose voices have not yet been heard.


There are three Paris Literary Prize awards:

The Paris Literary Prize award: 10,000 Euros
Two Paris Literary Prize Runner-up awards: 2,000 Euros each
All three winners will be invited to a weekend stay in Paris to attend the
Prize ceremony and read from their work at a special event at
Shakespeare and Company.

Last year, the winner of the Paris Literary Prize was Rosa Rankin-Gee for The Last Kings of Sark ; the two runners-up were Adam Biles for Grey Cats, and Agustin Maes for Newborn.

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3 Responses to Paris novella writing competition

  1. Claine Keily says:

    Am I able to submit more than one novella for consideration?


  2. David says:

    Contact the organisers and ask them.

    • Claine Keily says:

      Ok thanks David. I miss Spokenword and everyone there as ever. Hope your studies and writings are going well. I start my psyche degree next year so maybe then we can have some cool discussions. Claine

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