A History of the London Short Story Prize
2013 – 17

London Short Story Prize

The London Short Story Prize was started by Spread the Word in 2013 to discover and profile exciting short story talent in the capital and beyond. This page illustrates the history of the Prize to date.


London Short Story Prize 2017

Winner
Maria Thomas Dead Yard

Highly Commended
Dylan Brethour The Moon We Drown In
Alun Evans Techniques of Neutralisation

Shortlisted
Ed Cottrell  Happy Gate
Selma Carvalho Kitchen Sink Mutinies
Anton Rose Family of Four

Longlisted
Kate Ellis Natural Meat 
Bren Gosling The Visitor
Kerstin Twachtmann T-t-television

Judges
Leone Ross
Joe Dunthorne
Emma Paterson

Anthology
The London Short Story Prize Anthology 
(Paperback. Published Spring 2018 in partnership with Kingston University Press)

London Short Story Prize 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner
Foye McCarthy Oh, No, a Bank Robbery! Fuck!
Oh No A Bank Robbery by Foye McCarthy (PDF)

Highly Commended
Aaron Cox The Occupants
Farah Ahamed Poached Eggs

Shortlisted
John Wilks The Invisible Boy
Hanna Ali The Story of Us
Anita Goveas Tarantulas are Slow but Deliberate

Longlisted
Jim Gleeson A Swan Called Frank
Radhika Kapur Bathing in Bangladesh, Shitting in Pakistan 
Barry Stewart Hunter Denholm’s Epiphany
Richard Wallace A Stick and Poke Tattoo of the Pine Point Mountains
Laura Windley Mementoes and Bones

Judges
AL Kennedy
Irenosen Okojie
Juliet Mabey

Anthology
The London Short Story Prize Anthology 
(Paperback. Published in partnership with Kingston University Press)

London Short Story Prize 2015

(Open nationally)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner
Joanna Campbell Upshots
Read Joanna Campbell’s winning story here (PDF download)

Highly Commended
Kerry Barner Chopan the Cross-Eyed
James Woolf R v Sieger – additional documents disclosed by the Crown Prosecution Service

Shortlisted
Gary Budden Saltmarsh
Frances Gapper The Moustache Maker’s Daughter
Sabo Kpade Chibok

Longlisted
Jean Ashbury Lemonade with Ice
Tyler Keevil Cassandra to the Sea
Damien Knightley The Colorado River Toad and the Racoon
Hana Riaz make it home on time
Stephanie Scott Partitions
Nikesh Shukla A Man, Without A Donkey

Judges
Jon McGregor
Kevin Barry
Elise Dillsworth

Anthology
Upshots
(Paperback. Published in partnership with Kingston University Press)

London Short Story Prize 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner

Ruby Cowling Flamingo Land
Read Ruby Cowling’s winning story Flamingo Land here (PDF download)

Highly Commended
Janet H Swinney The Work of Lesser Known Artists
Katie Willis The Passenger

Shortlisted
Fiona O’Connor War Museum
Neil Ferguson French Knickers
Uschi Gatward On Margate Sands

Judges
Cathy Galvin
Jackie Kay

Anthology
Flamingo Land and Other Stories
(Paperback and ebook. Edited by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey)

London Short Story Prize 2013
(Was the Spread the Word Prize)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner
Clare Sita Fisher Living It Edgeways
Read Clare Sita Fisher’s winning story Living It Edgeways here (PDF download)

Shortlisted

Nick Black Lottie’s Husband
Toby Litt Changing Room
KJ Orr The Ice Cream Song Is Strange
Deirdre Shanahan Digging
Saradha Soobrayen 13 Ways To Lose A Library Card

Judges

Bidisha
Tania Hershman
Courttia Newland

Anthology

Edgeways (ebook only)

 



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