Spread the Word and Kingston University Press present the London Short Story Prize Anthology
“A good short story – passionate, distilled, beautiful and true – should be in everyone’s pocket in these strange times. They are an aid to interior survival.” – AL Kennedy, London Short Story Prize judge 2016
The London Short Story Prize Anthology features the best short stories of the London Short Story Prize 2016. Judged by acclaimed writers AL Kennedy, Irenosen Okojie and Juliet Mabey of twice Man Booker Prize-winning publishers Oneworld, the stories explore familial struggles, thrilling conflicts and classic coming-of-age internal confrontation and imaginative escape by six talented London-based writers. A limited number of anthologies are now available to buy on the Spread the Word website, and in select independent bookshops across London. The anthology was launched in May 2017 at The Chapter House, St Paul’s Cathedral.
Publication Date: 11 May 2017
Shipping in the UK will take up to ten working days. Shipping to locations outside the UK may take more.
About the writers
Foye McCarthy is a 25 year old London-Irish writer and winner of the London Short Story Prize 2016. He recently finished an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick. His main influences are Kurt Vonnegut, The Simpsons, and the way in which tea makes life bearable. He is previously unpublished as a fiction writer. He’s on Twitter @roryisconfused
Farah Ahamed is a short fiction writer and was highly commended in the London Short Story Prize 2016. Her stories have been published in The Massachusetts Review, Thresholds, Kwani?, The Missing Slate and Out of Print among others. She has been nominated for The Caine and The Pushcart prizes and shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize, DNA/Out of Print Award, Sunderland Waterstones Award, Asian Writer Award, and Gerald Kraak Award.
Aaron Cox was highly commended in the London Short Story Prize 2016. He grew up in Sydney, has family in Finland and lives in London with his wife and two children. After completing a degree in English at the University of New South Wales he undertook an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College in 2011. He currently works in London as an investment writer. (www.writingsmog.com)
John Wilks was shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize 2016. He taught English in inner London for over thirty years before completing the MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths. He is currently working on a collection of stories about school and masculinity, juxtaposing his experiences as a boarding-school pupil with those as a recent teacher in Tower Hamlets. His story The Boy Who Hated Cigarettes was highly commended in the Manchester Fiction Prize 2015 and Homo Bile Pen won 3rd Prize in the Bare Fiction 2015 short story competition. He lives in Greenwich.
Hanna Ali was shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize 2016. She is a PhD candidate in SOAS where she specialises in African Identity; a theme that features heavily in her creative writing. @HannaAli
Anita Goveas was shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize 2016. She is a speech and language therapist and struggling student by day, and short story writer by night. She is currently working on a collection of stories about loss and connections.
About the Publishers
Kingston University Press publishes high quality commercial and academic titles. Their books reflect the diverse nature of the student and academic bodies at Kingston University in ways which are designed to impact on debate, to generate mutual understanding and to complement the values to which the University is committed.