Deadline: 1st January 2023 |

The European Society of Literature hosts many writing competitions each year, but the European Writing Prize is the most prestigious of them all. The annual competition will help showcase a variety of writers from different backgrounds, and this year marks the first. The theme is usually quite vague so as to give authors room to add as much of their own individuality and creativity to their pieces as possible.

Submissions will open on 1 October 2022, and will close on 1 January 2023. The longlist will be published 2 weeks later, on 15 January 2023. The shortlist will then be published a week later, on the 22 January 2023, with the winner being announced the following week, on the 29 January 2023. We know: there’s a lot of dates. However we expect to receive a lot of submissions, and it takes our judges time to sift through them.

The theme for this European Writing Prize is ‘Anxiety’. Writers should incorporate the notion of anxiety into their work however they see fit. What matters most is whether you submit a fine piece of writing — it isn’t so much about how close to the prize theme you make your work.

Who can submit?
Anyone! Despite ‘European’ being in the title, you can submit a piece of writing regardless of where you are in the world. We only ask that your submission be written in English, as our judges mostly speak that as their first language.

Entry fee?
There is no entry fee! Due to the novelty of the organisation and its freshness on the literary scene, we believe it would be inappropriate for us to charge you to potentially showcase your work.

Length of submissions
The length of your submitted piece should be from anywhere between 1500 and 3500 words.

The prize for the winner will be as follows:

  • 50 euros paid via PayPal or bank transfer

  • Automatic lifetime membership into The European Society of Literature

  • Publication in the following quarterly literary journal of TESL

  • Potential talks with literary agents — they may scout the shortlist and winners.

  • The prestige associated with being victorious! An unmatched opportunity to get your foot in the burgeoning literary industry of Europe and the Americas.

Find out more and apply at the official link below:


Apply before 1st January, 2023