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The Penny Dreadful is the highest brow compendium of literature since bald men invented widow’s peaks and we all decided to go along with it.

Starting as a photocopied zine in 2012 the Penny Dreadful (or “PD”, as we’ve taken to calling it, aren’t we clever) has developed into United States foremost literary magazine and independent press. The “PD” published thrice annually. If you are desirous to appear in the Penny Dreadful magazine, our submission guidelines can be found here.

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Look! Listen and take heed! We are delighted to announce the inaugural Penny Dreadful Novella Prize,  the world’s newest novella competition. At last, an opportunity to have your “not quite a novel but too long to be a short story” lauded and admired by all. Even by that guy you used to go to school with, you know the one we mean. We invite you to submit a manuscript, but what, pray tell, is a novella?


It’s difficult, nay, impossible to define what exactly constitutes a novella. We say, however, it is prose between 15,000 and 35,000 words. There is no topic off limits and we enforce no style or genre on your piece. It can be the thrilling narrative about a shoe who can talk or even something else that doesn’t concern talking shoes. The possibilities are endless. All we ask is that it is your original work, is in the English language and it is currently unpublished.


The Prize is €2,000 for the winning author  and publication of their novella by The Dreadful Press. That’s exciting.


Submissions must be between 15,000 and 35,000 words. We are now open since on the 1st of June and will close on the 30th of September. The cost of entry is €10 per manuscript at a maximum of two manuscripts per entry. Entries are open to residents of Ireland and the UK only. It will be adjudicated by an esteemed panel of judges and the winner announced in January.

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Colin Barrett is from Mayo. His first book of short stories, Young Skins, was originally published by Stinging Fly Press, and in 2014 won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and the Guardian First Book Award. His stories have appeared in Stinging Fly Magazine, Five Dials, A Public Space and The New Yorker.

Sara Baume Her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, was published in by Tramp Press in Spring 2015, will be published by William Heinemann in winter 2015, and is being translated into Dutch, Spanish and German. Her short fiction has been published in anthologies and journals such as The Stinging Fly magazine and the Dublin Review. She won the 2014 Davy Byrne’s Short Story Award and the 2015 Hennessy New Irish Writing Award.

Paul McVeigh has written plays, comedy shows, short stories and a novel. His short fiction has been published in journals and anthologies and been commissioned by BBC Radio 4. His novel The Good Son was published in April 2015 to wide critical acclaim. Paul is Director of the London Short Story Festival and Associate Director at Word Factory, the UK’s leading short story literary salon.