The 2024 Ellen J. Miller Memorial

All entries must prominently feature one or more characters from Barbara Pym’s published novels, in any situation, place, or time the author chooses. Entries must be original works of approximately 2000 words, with a maximum length of 2200 words. Multiple entries from the same author and resubmissions or revisions of previously submitted stories will not be accepted. Stories must be in English and must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere, including on per­sonal blogs and web pages. Stories that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.

You do not have to be a member of the Barbara Pym Society to participate. Previous cash prize win­ners are not eligible to enter again for two years. Competition judges and members of the Barbara Pym Society Committee and North American Board are not eligible.

First, second, and third place winners will receive cash prizes of $250, $100, and $50, respectively, plus complimentary registration and meals, worth more than $200, at the Society’s annual North American Conference in Boston, MA in mid-March 2024. (Exact dates and venue will be announced in the autumn of 2023.) The winning entries will be announced and read at the conference and will also be published on the Society’s website and distributed to our membership in the Spring 2024 issue of our newsletter, Green Leaves. If a winning author is unable to attend the conference, their story will be read by a member of the Board or one of the judges.

Entries must be submitted by email to with the subject line “Short Story Entry.” Please attach your story as a Word document or RTF text file, and be sure to include your full name and home town in the email, but not in the document; the judges will not know the identities of the authors. All entries will be acknowledged by email. Hard-copy submissions will not be accepted nor returned.

Entries must be received by midnight EST on Friday 1 December 2023. Prize winners will be contacted in mid-December to allow them to make travel plans, but the winners will not be an­nounced publicly until the conference in March 2024.

The judging panel will consist of members of the BPS North American Board chaired by Dr. Kathy Ackley, Professor Emerita of English, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. The decision of the panel is final.

Copyright will remain with the authors, but the Barbara Pym Society has the unrestricted right to publish the winning stories in its newsletter, on its website, and in related PR material.