Competitions

Thank you so much to everyone who entered The London Magazine‘s Short Story Competition 2016. We were delighted to see such a large volume and high standard of entries. Judges Max Porter, Erica Wagner and Angus Cargill have made their decision, and we are very pleased to announce the winners: First place: The Match Factory by Emma Hughes Second place: I Have Called You By Your Name by Anne O'Brien Third place: The Ideal Husband Exhibition by Dan Powell Each of these short stories will be published in upcoming issues of The London Magazine as well as online. The winners will be awarded their prizes at a ceremony held at the House of...

Attention all entrants! With only a month until our Short Story Competition 2016 closes, we spoke to our editor, Steven O'Brien, for some tips on how to write a good short story and advice on how to make your entries stand out! What are you currently reading? The Old Ways by Robert MacFarlane and The Beast by Paul Kingsnorth. Both deeply English narratives. What is your favourite short story and why? The Dead by James Joyce, for its' sweep, symbolism and epiphany. Which writer's work can you always rely on to inspire your creative process? Robert Holdstock. If you were stuck on a desert island and...

With just over a month until our Short Story Competition 2016 closes, we spoke to one of the judges, Erica Wagner, and found out that Emily Dickinson inspires her creative process. She also told us what three elements she believes are key to a good short story.    What are you currently reading? If it’s not fiction, what fiction have you recently read and enjoyed? And what specifically did you like about it? I’ve just read Yaa Gyasi’s wonderful novel, Homegoing (coming in the UK from Penguin in January) and I’m trying not to get to the end of Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed, her take on The...

With just over a month until our Short Story Competition 2016 closes, we spoke to judge Max Porter and found out about which writer never fails to inspire him, which three books he'd take if he were stranded on a desert island, and what advice he'd give to this year's competition entrants.   What are you currently reading? If it’s not fiction, what fiction have you recently read and enjoyed? I’m reading Lian Hearn’s Japanese adventure series Shikanoko, Eileen Myles’ I Must Be Living Twice, and some Peter Stamm short stories. And what specifically did you like about it? I like the very controlled and worthwhile magic realism...

With just over a month until our Short Story Competition 2016 closes, we caught up with judge Angus Cargill and found out about his favourite short story, what he's currently reading and what he sees as they key elements of a short story (take note, competition entrants!).   What are you currently reading? And what specifically did you like about it? The three last novels I read, away from work, were My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, Transit by Rachel Cusk and Willnot by James Sallis – three short novels that would be said to be from different genres (the first two...

This competition is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. The longlist, shortlist and winners will be announced over the next few months. Keep checking our ‘Competitions’ section and sign up to our newsletter for updates. Autumn is here, which means The London Magazine's Short Story Competition 2016 is upon us. The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of long history. Our annual Short Story Competition seeks out new voices to join them. Established to encourage emerging literary talent, the award provides an opportunity for publication and recognition, as well as rewarding imagination, originality and...

Thank you so much to everyone who entered The London Magazine's Poetry Prize 2016. The standard of entries was extremely high but our judges, Rebecca Perry and Andrew McMillan, have made their choices and we are delighted to announce the winners: First place: ‘They Don't Make Gods for Non-Believers’ by Patrick Errington Second place: ‘Kira’ by Aaron Fagan Third place: ‘The Truth About Figs’ by Angela Carr Each of these poems will be published in the October/November Issue of The London Magazine as well as online. The winners will be awarded their prizes at a ceremony held at the Collyer Bristow gallery in London later this month. We...

Ahead of our Poetry Prize, which closes 30th June, we spoke to judge Rebecca Perry about prizes, publication and what she'll be looking for from this year's entries. Rebecca, It’s lovely to have you as a judge, particularly as your 2012 pamphlet little armoured was published by Seren after winning the Poetry Wales Purple Moose Poetry Prize. What was your reaction to winning the Prize and how did it help you in your development as a poet? It feels like a lifetime ago! If I’m completely honest I don’t think I fully appreciated at the time what having a pamphlet published meant, how it opens doors...

Ahead of our Poetry Prize, which opens 1st May, we caught up with one of our two esteemed judges to get his perspective on prizes, publication and what he'll be looking for from this year's entries.   You’re a very active figure in the contemporary poetry world, as well as a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. How do you juggle your writing with your other commitments? Do you have a strict routine which incorporates writing? I've never been one of those writers (how I envy them!) who can just sit down and write at a certain point of the day, every day....

This competition is now closed. Thank you so much to all entrants. The longlist, shortlist and winners will be announced over the next few months. Keep checking our 'Competitions' section here on our website for more details. 'Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance' - Carl Sandburg The London Magazine has been home to some of the most prestigious poets in its long publishing history, from John Keats to Sylvia Plath. Our annual Poetry Prize seeks out new voices in poetry, providing a platform for publication in the UK's oldest literary journal. All poems submitted must be previously unpublished and no longer than...

The London Magazine's annual Poetry Prize seeks out new writers whose work is adventurous, innovative and surprising in both form and content. We are very excited to confirm the judges for our 2016 Poetry Prize will be: Andrew McMillan | Rebecca Perry The competition will be opening for entries in May. More information on prizes and how to enter will be available online shortly. We look forward to reading your poems!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered this year's Short Story Competition. The standard of entries was extremely high but our judges have made their choices and we a delighted to announce the winners are as follows: 1st place: 'Fascicle 41' by Anna McGrail 2nd place: 'Icarus' by Robert Hawkins 3rd place: 'Mother's Ruin' by Lynn Bushell Each of these stories will be published in forthcoming issues of The London Magazine as well as online. The winners will be awarded their prizes at a ceremony held at the House of Commons in London later this month. We would also like to extend a special...

We know all our entrants have been waiting for news on the 2015 Short Story Competition and we're excited to have an update for you. We received a staggering number of entries and have enjoyed reading stories that have uplifted and saddened, perplexed and provoked, entertained and challenged. A shortlist of entries has been sent to our esteemed judges Susan Hill, Alessandro Gallenzi and Kevan Manwaring, who will be choosing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. These will be published on our website, along with a selection of 'highly commended' stories, next week. Please keep an eye on the...

With just a couple weeks left till the end of our annual Short Story Competition we spoke to the Judges to find out exactly what the short story means to them.  Today we spoke to award-winning novelist Susan Hill about writers, short stories and what to read to be inspired.  What do you look for in a short story? ‘A little world, made cunningly.’ Which short story writers do you admire?  In no order – Chekhov, Elizabeth Bowen, James Lasdun, Helen Simpson, Henry James, Katherine Mansfield… and many many more. What possibilities does the form of short fiction present to a writer that the novel doesn’t offer?  It doesn’t –...

With just a few weeks left till the end of our annual Short Story Competition we spoke to the Judges to find out exactly what the short story means to them.  Today we spoke to Alessandro Gallenzi, writer, publisher and founder of Alma Books about writers, short stories and what to read to be inspired.  What do you look for in a short story?  Economy of language, humour, a well-devised structure and, above all, a satisfying ending that makes you laugh, cry or think long after turning the last page. Which short story writers do you admire?  My favourite short-story writers from the Western canon are Boccaccio, Chekhov, Fitzgerald,...

With just a few weeks left till the end of our annual Short Story Competition we spoke to the Judges to find out exactly what the short story means to them. First we spoke to writer and publisher Kevan Manwaring about writers, short stories and what to read to be inspired.   a What do you look for in a short story?    An arresting premise. A life in freefall. A moment in time, dramatising life on Earth, in all its quotidian particularity.    Which short story writers do you admire?    Carver, Carter, MR James, Ray Bradbury, Le Guin, Neil Gaiman.   What possibilities does the form of short fiction present to a writer...

after Wu Hao’s Duke Cups The china cup is frilled at the rim like tired lace and all over it ceramic tentacles extend to whisper if you drink me that way I’ll poke your eye out, you can’t quite press your fingers here your lips – like walking a mountain ridge at night with some romantic ideal ahead, you are not not figuring each step among the rocks – there’s want and caution caught in you and a new vocabulary of pouting to be learnt. 'Difficult Cup' won first place in The London Magazine's 2015 Poetry Competition Isabel Galleymore is the winner of The London Magazine Poetry Competition 2015. Her first pamphlet, Dazzle Ship, was published by...

Lifesaving They don’t do it anymore, breathe into the mouth to save. We had learnt it reluctantly, lined up beside a recumbent dummy, waiting to take our turn to kneel at that mouth. The simplest things disturb – at night when the fluoros shut off and the cover is pulled, the tiles swabbed – there it lies open, not even a ventriloquist’s dummy is so exposed. 'Lifesaving' won second place in The London Magazine's 2015 Poetry Competition Originally from the UK, Wes Lee lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Her chapbook of short fiction, Cowboy Genes, was published by Grist Books at the University of Huddersfield and launched at the Huddersfield Literature Festival...

What Follows Deer cull, Wytham 7th February 2015 A moment’s pause before a fist of swallows spooks the sky above the nearest trees. Something shakes the fence-bound rows, bursts through bracken, reappears on fallow earth: two deer, mud-sprayed and plunged with melt, lips puckering to a hoarsened bark, dark eyes like slate fired in the run. My finger leaves the shutter for long enough that bounding across seed-rows they are gone, the cracked frost making an ashen path to a gap in the horse-wire thorn, the next field, and the one beyond where white tails vanish into wheat. I look more closely at the ground. Here they stood, and saw, and blinked back death then turned with gunshot...

This competition is now closed. Thank you so much to all entrants. The winners will be announced in the new year. The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of long history. Our annual Short Story Competition seeks out new voices to join them. Established to encourage emerging literary talent, the award provides an opportunity for publication and recognition, as well as rewarding imagination, originality and creativity. The London Magazine is looking for unpublished short stories under 4,000 words from writers across the world. The winner will be published in a future issue of The London Magazine....

We are delighted to announce that the winners of TLM's 2015 Poetry Competition are as follows: 1st place: Isabel Gallymore - 'Difficult Cup' 2nd place: Wes Lee - 'Lifesaving' 3rd place: Theophilus Kwek - 'What Follows' The winning poem will be printed in the October/November issue of the magazine, and all three poems will appear on the website around the same time. Thank you to all our entrants this year and congratulations to our winners. About the competition The London Magazine is the UK's oldest literary magazine and has published the work of poets such as John Keats, William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath and Louis MacNeice. In its continuing project...

This competition is now closed. Thank you very much to all our entrants.  The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition is returning.   Opening Date: 1st April 2015 Closing Date: 31st May 2015 This is a fantastic opportunity for writers across the world to get published in the most prestigious literary journal in the UK plus winning a cash prize. The London Magazine has been home to the likes of Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Christopher Reid, Helen Dunmore and many more. We are on the hunt for new talent – unpublished poems from across the world. First Prize: £300 Second Prize: £200  Third Prize: £150  The winning poem will be published in a future issue of The London...

—inside an old man vacant by the window Hold me occasionally for the light is fading and I can no longer see the hills that once rose there, brown hills, sand, sand  I see the color, like the brown shoulders of a girl I knew by the lake, outside the window. Did I marry her? Were there children? Is that snow? Is it winter already again? I remember her shoulders, not her face or name. I remember your face sometimes (are they your shoulders?) and your touch. Hold me occasionally. The hills are gone, and monotony. I know that word, but I could not say it to save my life and wouldn’t. A...

This competition is now closed. The London Magazine’s Short Story Competition has returned for its third year. To continue its literary history, The London Magazine is constantly looking for new voices. Our competitions provide emerging literary talent with an opportunity for publication and distinguished recognition. The London Magazine is looking for unpublished short stories under 4,000 words from writers across the world. Opening date: 1st September 2014 Closing Date: 31st October 2014  The winner is published in a future issue of The London Magazine. The runners up will be published on our website. 1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £300 3rd Prize: £200 The winners will also be announced at a champagne reception at the House of...