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New Fictions Prize 2020 – Announcing Our Winners


Gatehouse Press is delighted to announce the winners of our New Fictions open call-out 2020. 

With a word limit of between 8000 and 12,000 words, New Fictions seeks to encourage new writers to explore the possibilities of length within the short fiction genre. The winning stories will be published as part of Gatehouse Press’ upcoming New Fictions series in 2021.

The New Fictions Prize provides a crucial platform for emerging writers who are able to redefine the limits of the short fiction genre.

Prose Director and judge Sam Ruddock says:

‘This was the best year ever for submissions.  We had more entries, and more compelling stories than ever before. For this reason my fellow judge Julia Webb and I took the decision to select three winners, each of which will be published in 2021. Each tells an engaging story, and does so with narrative verve and a distinctive voice. We cannot wait to share them with you next year.’

Our winners are:

‘The Day I Killed JD Salinger’ by Alex Carulli

‘Source’ by Rosemary Johnston

‘Phoney’ by Stella Bech

These three writers will join previous winners of Gatehouse New Fictions, Preti Taneja, Amanthi Harris, and Nicola Daly.


We would also like to acknowledge the quality of three other submissions that were very strongly in contention and have been Commended by the judges.

‘The Beach’ by Leah Francis

‘The Exchange’ by Marc Joan

‘Goodson 2.0 by Darren Wimhurst’


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