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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 will open for entries in late Spring.

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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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London Short Story Prize 2016
results

SPREAD THE WORD IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE RESULTS OF THE LONDON SHORT STORY PRIZE 2016, JUDGED BY AL KENNEDY,..


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Interview with Foye McCarthy
London Short Story Prize 2016 winner

Foye McCarthy is a 25 year old London-Irish writer, the winner of the London Short Story Prize 2016 with his..


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London Short
Story Prize
Longlist 2016

Spread the Word is pleased to announce the titles for the longlist for the London Short Story Prize. Thanks to..


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London Short
Story Prize
2013 – 15

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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 2016

AL Kennedy
JUDGE 2016

Author of 17 books, she has been twice included in the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Literature. Her latest novel Serious Sweet is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

Irenosen Okojie
JUDGE 2016

Irenosen Okojie's debut novel Butterfly Fish, won a Betty Trask Award and has been shortlisted for an Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award. Her short stories have been published internationally, including the Kwani 07 and Platitude. The short story collection, Speak Gigantular, will be published in October 2016.

Juliet Mabey
JUDGE 2016

Co-founder and Publisher of Oneworld Publications. She launched a literary fiction list in 2009 with the publication of Marlon James’ second novel, The Book of Night Women, and his third novel went on to win the Man Booker Prize in 2015.

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