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The Moth Short Story Prize

A project of The Moth Magazine (see other related projects).


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The Moth Short Story Prize is an international prize, open to anyone from anywhere in the world, as long as their story is original and previously unpublished. The winners are chosen by a single judge each year, who reads the stories anonymously. Previous judges include Ottessa Moshfegh, Kevin Barry, Mark Haddon, Ali Smith and Sarah Hall. The winning story will be printed as part of the summer fiction series in the Irish Times.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions. The fee is EUR €15.
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Publication Media & Contest Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed


Open to a broad Audience.

General General
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 3,000 words.

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.


Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: EUR €3,000.


Methods: Online form. Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Multiple entries: Multiple entries are allowed.
Media: Text.

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

The Moth Short Story Prize Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 20 reports from 19 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported42 min | 60.9 mean avg | 52.5 median | 111 max days (21.2 std dev)
Responses95.00 %
Acceptances0.00 % No publication has a 0% acceptance rate. This data is based on submission reports sent to Duotrope, and we have not received reports of any acceptances yet.
Rejections95.00 % (59.7 avg. days per rejection) | 0.0 % personal, 63.2 % form, 36.8 % unspecified
Non-Responses5.00 %
Never Responded-
Withdrawals5.00 % (84.0 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending14 responses are pending (20 min | 38.1 mean avg | 37.0 median | 69 max days waiting | 14.3 std dev) from 14 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The most common submission fee paid: EUR €15.00.
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 31 Aug 2023.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 30 Jun 2023.

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Last Updated: 30 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 25 Jun 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 25 Sep 2012

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