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Launch: Desperate Literature – Eleven Stories

6 June @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us on June 6th to celebrate the launch of the winners of the 2nd annual Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize, a prize for innovative and experimental fiction based out of the Madrid bookshop Desperate Literature, which partners with journals, residencies and arts organisations across the UK, Europe, India and the USA.
The event sees the UK launch of the new collection ELEVEN STORIES, which are the collected pieces of fiction that made up this year’s shortlist, which was judged by Sam Riviere (Faber, Test Centre), Claire-Louise Bennett (Fitzcarraldo Editions), and Eley Williams (Influx Press). We hope you can make it down to hear readings from a selection of this year’s winners, and to join us for a drink afterwards.

Praise for ELEVEN STORIES and the Desperate Literature Prize:

‘The Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize has once again produced a memorable collection of diverse, dynamic short stories. It was a joy to read.’

– Claire-Louise Bennett, judge and author of Pond

‘The 2019 shortlist revealed all the seething, the subtle and the searing possibilities of the short story — it was a pleasure and privilege to celebrate them all.’

– Eley William, judge and award-winning author of Attrib. and Other Stories 

‘ Desperate Literature bookshop are one of the good ones. They’ve supported our weirdness for a long time now, their short-fiction prize was cool last year and looks even cooler this year.’
–  Victoria Brown and Richard Brammer, Dostoyevsky Wannabe
For more information on Desperate Literature and the prize please visit:


6 June
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm