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Our purpose is to discover, publish and promote talented new writers

The Irish/British author, Simon Kerr, directs The Plaza Prizes. All of our 20 literary competitions are open internationally. We award cash prizes to our winners, and publish those we shortlist. We will be staging our inaugural awards ceremony in Valletta, and launching our annual anthology at the Malta Book Festival, on Wednesday 18th October, 2023.

The Plaza Prizes Anthology 1 is an exciting showcase of contemporary world literature in English. It’s chocked full of 20 short stories, 20 poems, 10 prose poems, 30 flash fictions, and 3 winning novel extracts. The Trade Paperback and ebook versions are available for purchase on Shopify. Please click this link:


The Plaza Prizes approved 100 FREE bursaries in 2022-23. We encourage writers who might not be earning much right now or writers from different communities to showcase their work. One entry per year in any literary contest for FREE. So, if you’re from an under-presented group, or not exactly Blackrocking it (as if), please do apply to enter for FREE.

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'Every new writer needs encouragement to take that brave first step to put pen to paper - The Plaza Prizes is a brilliant, timely initiative that will help bring to the surface some great new voices. Be brave, pick up your pens and write on!'

Simon Trewin, Literary Agent