The Primadonna Prize

Launching the Primadonna FLASH Prize for 2024

As the Primadonna Prize takes its year off (don’t worry, it’s just taking a holiday!), we’re delighted to be running the Primadonna FLASH Prize in its place, for one year only.

Since its inception in 2019, we are proud that the Primadonna Prize has resulted in first book deals for talented new authors. In 2024 the Prize takes a year out, although we were delighted to run the Firsts Writing Competition with the University of Suffolk for a second year, to showcase talented work by secondary school students. But we know how much the Prize means to new writers. So ahead of this year’s festival, we are really happy to announce the Primadonna FLASH Prize! It opens for entries on 20th June and closes on 24th June:

How to enter

  • Submit a piece of fiction or non-fiction, max 300 words, inspired by the flash prompt shared on all our social media channels at 9:00am 20 June 2024.
  • The competition will close at 11am on 24 June 2024. 

Submit your entry (.doc or .pdf) to Entries will be judged on the originality of the writing. Judges will not be looking for a perfectly polished piece but for something that shows imagination and writing skill. Full terms and conditions and entry requirements for the Primadonna FLASH Prize can be found here.

The Primadonna Prize is for unsigned and unrepresented new writing talent. It was established to open up access to the publishing industry, and is judged anonymously and without regard to grammar or spelling: a first for a literary prize.

To read more about our previous winners, click here.