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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 London Short Story Prize is Spread the Word’s annual prize for talented London short story writers. The Prize’s aim is to find the best short stories from writers in the capital. Now in its seventh year, we’re thrilled to open for entries to the London Short Story Prize 2019.

This year’s judges are writers Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Eley Williams, and literary agent Charlotte Seymour from Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

The winner of the London Short Story Prize 2019 will receive £1000 and their short story will be published in Open Pen London. Two highly commended writers will each receive £250. The full longlist will see their short stories published in the London Short Story Prize 2019 Anthology.

Submissions are open for the London Short Story Prize from midday on Friday 14 June to 5pm on Monday 7 October. For more information on how to enter please visit: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/the-london-short-story-prize-2019-is-open-for-entries/

This year we’re also offering 50 low-income writers free entry into the Prize: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/50-free-entries-for-low-income-writers-for-the-london-short-story-prize-2019/

The Prize is produced in partnership with Kingston University Press.

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The art of the short story is such a special thing, which I’m thrilled to see being supported and celebrated by Spread the Word. It’s an important way for authors to experiment and explore in their work, as well as to showcase their talent, across genres and styles. I’m hoping to be surprised, have my expectations subverted, to be haunted as well as entertained.

CHARLOTTE SEYMOUR JUDGE

LONDON SHORT STORY PRIZE 2019 JUDGES

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ROWAN HISAYO BUCHANAN


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Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of Harmless Like You—the winner of The Authors’ Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award. It was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and an NPR 2017 Great Read. Her short work has appeared in several places including Granta, Guernica, The Guardian, The Harvard Review, and NPR’s Selected Shorts. She is the editor of the Go Home! anthology.Starling Days, her second novel, is forthcoming in the UK July 2019.

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ELEY WILLIAMS


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Eley Williams’ Attrib. and other stories (Influx Press, 2017) was awarded the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2018. With stories anthologised in The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story (Penguin Classics, 2018) and Liberating the Canon (Dostoevsky Wannabe, 2018), she is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the Royal Society of Literature. She teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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CHARLOTTE SEYMOUR


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Charlotte began her publishing career as a literary scout, and joined Andrew Nurnberg Associates as an agent in 2015. A champion of literature in translation, she handles English-language rights for many of the agency’s international authors, and is actively building a list of fiction and non-fiction written in English, ranging from upmarket crime and thriller to literary fiction, popular science to cookery. Charlotte enjoys working editorially with her authors, bringing existing projects to fruition and helping come up with new ideas. She is currently Secretary of the Association of Authors’ Agents.

LONDON SHORT STORY PRIZE ALUMNI

2018 Winner
Guy Ware

2017 Winner
Maria Thomas

2016 Winner
Foye McCarthy

2015 Winner
Joanna Campbell

2014 Winner
Ruby Cowling

2013 Winner
Clare Fisher

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