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The Plaza Audio Story Prize

The Plaza Audio Story Prize

Judged by Junot Diaz

1st prize: £1000 / $1200. 2nd prize: £300 / $360. 3rd prize: £100 / $120

7 mins max (1000 words maximum)

The Plaza Prizes are even bigger and better in 2025. We have the best judges in the world and the cash prizes aren’t too shabby either. You could win £1000 / $1200, and publication in our audio anthology, for your audio story.

Our 2025 judge is Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer, Junot Diaz.

Junot was born in the Dominican Republic in 1968 and raised in New Jersey. He studied English at Rutgers University. His novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has written two collection of short stories: Drown, and This Is How You Lose Her, which was a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist.

Junot Diaz served for many years on, and was elected Chairman of, The Pulitzer Prize Board.

This is How You Lose Her is a collection of absolutely cracking short stories. If you’ve ever heard Junot read from his stories, you will understand why he is the perfect judge for our new Audio Story competition. He is enchanting, has a fantastic facility with voice, and brings the stories to life in a way that surpasses even the experience of reading them for oneself.

Junot Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review , and is the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the co-founder of Voices of Our Nation Workshop, a community-based organization that puts writers of color, their narratives, voices, and experiences at the center of all conversations.

So please do experiment with a new form, and send our judge, Junot Diaz, your audio stories. To be long-listed (that’s the final 20) is an achievement. To be shortlisted in the Top 10, or place second or third, or win will be a validation of your skills, and get you published in The Plaza Prizes Audio Anthology 3, in 2025.

“Most of the stories that our communities need to thrive, to think, to be have not been told. This is why it’s so important to share your story, you heart-song, with the world. You never know who it will transform, who it will save.”

Junot Diaz

The Prizes

First Prize: £1000 / $1200

Second Prize: £300 / $360

Third Place: £100 / $120

Top 10

The 10 shortlisted entries will be published in The Plaza Prizes Audio Anthology 3, which will be launched at our third awards ceremony, in 2025.

Terms and Conditions

Rules

Rules

  • Deadline: 28th February 2025
  • Writers can enter any number of times. (£12.00 / $14.40 Subsequent/discount entry: £9.00 / $10.80)
  • Audio stories can be in any style or form, but must be read in English, and written for adults.
  • Entries must be submitted online. No email submissions. In exceptional circumstances, postal entry may be accepted, as long as a cheque made out for the correct entry fee is sent to The Plaza Prizes Ltd. (Postal address is on Contact Form.)
  • Enter the correct version of your work in the form of an audiofile. If you make a mistake, entry fees will not be refunded. (You will have to enter again.)

Eligibility

Read the rules carefully before entering the competition. Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply will result in disqualification.

All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, twitter handle etc on the document or in the file name or it will be disqualified.

Entries will be disqualified if they are over the 7 min max / 1000 word limit, and there will be no refund.

Entries must be entirely your own work.

Entries CAN have been previously published in written form before. Trad-published, self-published, and stories published in online journals ARE eligible.

Entries must NOT have won in any other audio competition. 

If your entry was long-listed or shortlisted in other audio competitions it IS still eligible.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but if an entry wins an audio prize elsewhere, is published or scheduled for future audio publication, prior to the date of prize giving, you must inform us to withdraw immediately. Entry fees will not be refunded.

Length

7 minutes. Maximum 1000 words.


Fees

£12.00 / $14.40 per audio entry. (Subsequent/discount entry: £9.00 / $10.80)

Entries must be submitted online via Submittable. No email or snail-mail submissions.

Format

  • Entries must be audiofiles. (No background music. Please just make sure your work is as easy to listen to as possible.)
  • Save as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF file with the title as the file name. Do not include your name in the file name as this will lead to disqualification.
  • Max 2MB file. Include the line count for the , top right, first page.
  • Do not add cover pages.
  • No illustrated work.

Judging

The judges’ decision is final. No individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries. The Plaza Prizes reserves the right to change the judge without notice.

Copyright

Copyright remains with the author, but The Plaza Prizes reserves the right to publish in an audio anthology and use extracts from any of the 10 shortlisted entries for publicity purposes.

Results & Awards

The Plaza Short Story Prize winners will be announced on the website and social media in June/July 2025. The 10 short-listed entries will be published in The Plaza Prizes Audio Anthology 3, which will be launched at our awards ceremony in October 2025.

Bursary Scheme

We have offered 250 bursaries in 2022-2024. We are offering 100 FREE ENTRY BURSARIES in 2025 across all our competitions to poets/writers on low incomes, and from underrepresented groups. You can apply for a bursary if low income, class, race, age, gender, sexuality, caring responsibilities, location, disability, or mental and physical health affects your writing. We want to encourage equality to discover quality new writing from diverse voices. Click here to apply for our Bursary Scheme.

Finally

The Plaza Prizes reserves the right to amend the rules where it deems necessary. Any changes to the rules will be posted on our website.

If you have a query about eligibility, please contact: simon@theplazaprizes.com

Enter by pressing the big orange button below.