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 Raymond Carver and V.S. Pritchett. 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, rewarding imagination, originality and creativity. The London Magazine is taking submissions for previously unpublished short stories that do not exceed the maximum of 2,500 words, from writers across the world.
The story that wins first place will be published in a future print edition of The London Magazine. The second and third place stories will be published on our website. Winners will also receive cash prizes (see below), and will be invited to a reception in London in early 2020.
Entry fee: £10 per short story
Subsequent entries: £5 per story
Student entry: £5 per story
(Students must submit their stories with a valid university email address)
Note: There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.
Opening date: 1st November 2019
Closing date: 15th January 2020Deadline Extended: 31st January 2020
First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £300
Third Prize: £200
We are delighted to announce this year’s judging panel. Here is some more information on our brilliant judges, who we are absolutely thrilled to be working with:
Ian Sansom is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, short stories and essays, including The Truth About Babies, Ring Road, September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem, and The Mobile Library and County Guides series of novels. He writes for the Guardian and lives in County Down.
Alice Slater chairs the Waterstones Gower Street Short Story Salon, reviews short story collections for Mslexia and is editor of forthcoming short story anthology Outsiders from 3 of Cups Press. Her short fiction has been published by Dear Damsels, 3 of Cups Press, Smoke: A London Peculiar and Pank, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize.
Kit Caless is a writer and editor based in Hackney Downs. He is the co-founder of Influx Press and the author of Spoon’s Carpets: An Appreciation.
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