The QuietManDave Prize for flash fiction and flash non-fiction returns for 2022

The Prize is run by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, in partnership with the Manchester School of Theatre, and named in honour of Dave Murray, a writer and theatre blogger, and lover of flash fiction and non-fiction, who passed away in 2019.

The QuietManDave Prize offers awards of £1,000 for Flash Fiction and Flash Non-Fiction under 500 words, as well as runner-up prizes.

The prize celebrates new and emerging short-form writers and was developed in recognition of Murray’s achievements and his passion for writing, something which he embraced later in life. Murray kept culture lovers in Manchester entertained and informed through the QuietManDave blog, which featured evocative writing about new places, theatre shows and other creative events going on in the region. The prize was initiated and is funded by his family, including his wife Vanda Murray OBE, a senior non-executive director with several organisations and former chair of Governors at Manchester Metropolitan University.



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Short-form writing prize that honours much-loved Manchester critic returns · Manchester Metropolitan University (

Published on:
28 Apr 2022
Opportunity deadline:
09 May 2022


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