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London Short
Story Prize

Our annual London Short Story Prize
seeks to discover, publish and profile
the best stories and writers coming
out of the capital.

The Prize provides the winner with £1000 and publication in an anthology produced with Kingston University Press alongside the shortlisted writers.

The London Short Story Prize winners are:
2013 – Clare Sita Fisher
2014 – Ruby Cowling
2015 – Joanna Campbell
2016 – Foye McCarthy

The London Short Story Prize 2017 is open for entries from London based writers between 19 June 2017 – midday on Monday 9 October 2017.

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“To receive recognition in this way, to hear so many positive things said about my story by the judges, by everyone at Spread the Word, by the audience, has given me a lot of confidence. When Spread the Word first rang me to say that I’d won, they asked if I was a writer; I mumbled something along the lines of
‘sort of.’  Now, the answer would be a yes.”

Clare Fisher, London Short Story Prize winner 2013

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“I may literally have said “Do my ears deceive me?” But once it sank in, I was very, very happy for this particular story to get that recognition. It’s a real honour.”

Ruby Cowling, London Short Story Prize winner 2014

JUDGES 2017

Joe Dunthorne
LONDON SHORT STORY PRIZE JUDGE 2017

Joe Dunthorne's first novel, Submarine, was translated into sixteen languages and adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second, Wild Abandon, won the 2012 Encore Award. His debut poetry pamphlet was published by Faber and Faber. His short stories and poems have been published in The Paris Review, the London Review of Books and McSweeney’s. He teaches on the MA in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia. His third novel, The Adulterants, will be published in February 2018. He lives in London.

Leone Ross
LONDON SHORT STORY PRIZE JUDGE 2017

Leone Ross writes magic realism, erotica and literary fiction. She has published two novels, All The Blood Is Red (ARP/Actes Sud) and Orange Laughter (Anchor/Farrar Straus & Giroux/Picador USA). Orange Laughter was shortlisted for the UK Orange Prize and named by Wasafiri magazine as one of the most influential British novels of the last 25 years. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the V.S Pritchett Prize and Salt Publishing’s Scott Prize. She has judged the Manchester Fiction Prize and the Wimbledon Bookfest Short Story Competition. Ross’s latest work is short story collection, Come Let Us Sing Anyway (Peepal Tree Press, 2017).

Emma Paterson
LONDON SHORT STORY PRIZE JUDGE 2017

Emma Paterson joined Rogers, Coleridge & White in 2013 after working at The Wylie Agency for two and a half years. She has a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MA in Gender Studies and Critical Theory from SOAS. She represents literary novelists, short fiction writers, journalists and academics, and is currently the Treasurer of the Association of Authors’ Agents.

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