London Short Story Prize 2019 Longlist


We’re pleased to announce the twelve stories in contention for this year’s London Short Story Prize. 

This year we received an incredible 574 entries. We’re really pleased that 50 free entries were taken up by writers on a low-income, supporting our mission to make the Prize as accessible as possible to all writers in London.

Crafting the longlist was an incredibly difficult task. We worked our way through stories set across the globe, playing with form, and introducing us to whole new worlds. Some of these were explicit and imaginative, whereas others were more personal and restrained. Within them, we read stories about consent, navigating loneliness, cross-cultural interactions, mental health experiences, our increasing dependence on digital communications and defining what love is in these modern times. Collectively, they give us a glimpse into topics that matter to Londoners.

We looked for well-crafted stories that felt original and evoked feeling  – whether this was surprise, joy, laughter, empathy or curiosity. Our brilliant judging panel now have the unenviable task of choosing the winner. Our judges this year are writers Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Eley Williams and agent, Charlotte Seymour from Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

Good luck to the longlist and thank you to everyone who entered. We’ll announce the results on 3 December. The London Short Story Prize 2019 Anthology, featuring the top stories from this year’s Prize, will be published in partnership with Kingston University Press in April 2020.

The London Short Story Prize Longlist (Titles only, in alphabetical order) 

Dark Rain Falling
Good Girl
I Precede Myself
Jacking Sea Fruits in the Dark
Keeping His Eye In
Love Ocean
The Sum of Things
This Shaping



Published Thursday 14 November