The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2018

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Submissions are now open for The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2018! The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of long history, from Jean Rhys to V. S. Pritchett. Our annual Short Story Competition seeks out new voices to join them. 

Fiction | Just for Five Minutes by Alla Melenteva

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It was an early May day. The war was considered over, though it had not yet been officially declared. A Russian junior lieutenant went...

Fiction | The Sinners’ Corner by Mark Sadler

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I returned to work on a dismal Tuesday morning, emerging from the main entrance of London, Fenchurch Street, railway station under opaque grey skies....

This Land by Josie Ferrante

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A feathery touch brings me round. Gentle, like the light summer rain back home in Wiltshire – thin drops patter on my face and...

Blessed Is the Road On Which You Are Travelling Today by...

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Tuesday, 14 February 1989 You had never heard of the word until an hour ago, but already your designers are as familiar with the concept...

The Golden Hour by Frances Gapper

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That afternoon was a particularly trying one for Mary. Having changed her mother’s incontinence pad and left her on the sofa watching ‘Homes under...

Flowers by Mark Godfrey

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She communicates through flowers. Daffodils are for happiness, carnations for sadness, snowdrops mean hope and tulips stand for strength. She saves dahlias for saints’...

A Glamorous Life by Karl Manders

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IN THE SUMMER, while their shells are still a pale colour, you may eat the white kernels of unripe hazel nuts. You extract their...

A Discrete Disclosure by Desmond King

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Frank’s Englishness was all about him for he dressed in country wear: tweed sports jackets, check shirts, Burberry rain macs, and a perpetual woollen...

Saints and Cheeses in the Philippines by Tom Sykes

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In 2010, I moved to the Philippines to work as a journalist, taking my then partner Donna and four-year-old stepdaughter Daisy. Our first day...

Easter Island by Fiona Brenninkmaker

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Charting the evolution of Easter Island wooden carvings from spiritual receptacle to auction treasure.   Allow me to take you on a small journey to Easter...

The Soviet Prom by Neil Herrington

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Wednesday, 21 August 1968   The moment you and Slava enter the dining room, he throws himself on the first person he sees, kisses both of...

The Man Who Died Twice by Alexandra Maher

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A fan-fiction crossover piece combining Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Set in the Christmas of 1920, as the episode preceding the...

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