The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2021


Submissions are now CLOSED for The London Magazine’s Short Story Prize 2021. 

The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of its 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 The London Magazine is taking submissions for previously unpublished short stories that do not exceed the maximum of 2,500 words, from writers across the world.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 celebrated as part of a digital ceremony in the spring. (UPDATE: We have received more entries than previous years and are experiencing some delay. Thanks to all the entrants for your patience and we can’t wait to share with you our winners very soon).



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: 5th February 2021
Closing date: 31st March 2021

First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £300
Third Prize: £200

Enter Short Story Prize



Haleh Agar is a novelist, short story writer and essayist. Her short story ‘Not Contagious’ was Highly Commended by the Costa Short Story Award. She won the Brighton Prize for a piece of flash fiction, and her narrative essay ‘On Writing Ethnic Stories’ won The London Magazine‘s inaugural essay competition. Her debut novel Out of Touch is out now with W&N, Hachette.






Jen Calleja is a writer, literary translator and editor. Her story collection I’m Afraid That’s All We’ve Got Time For (2020) is published by Prototype, and she was shortlisted for the Short Fiction/University of Essex Prize 2020. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Best British Short Stories 2021 (Salt), That’s the Colour: Short Stories Inspired by Low (Cōnfingō), The London Magazine, 3:AM, Another Gaze, Somesuch Stories, Hotel, and elsewhere. She was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2019 for her translation of Marion Poschmann’s The Pine Islands (Serpent’s Tail) and she is a founding editor of Praspar Press. 



David Keenan is the author of four critically-acclaimed novels; the cult classic This is Memorial Device, which won The London Magazine Prize for Debut Fiction; For the Good Times, which won the Gordon Burn Prize; The Towers The Fields The Transmitters and Xstabeth. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland.





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