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 aims to find the best short stories from emerging writers in the capital.
The winner of the 2018 London Short Story Prize is Guy Ware for his story the year of peace.
Highly commended were A Complete History of Portraiture by Kira McPherson and Dead Shark by Emma Hutton.
The 2018 judges were authors Guy Gunaratne, Clare Fisher and literary agent, Sarah Such.
The winner will receive £1,000 and a meeting with the agent Sarah Such. Two highly commended authors will receive £250 and a meeting with an editor. Further prizes include spaces on Spread the Word courses, and membership to the London Writers Network. Additionally, the winner, highly commended and shortlisted writers will see their stories published in the London Short Story Anthology 2018, produced by Kingston University Press and launched in April 2019.
This year we received 500 entries, from which a longlist of twelve was selected.
The full London Short Story Prize 2018 list is as follows:
the year of peace – Guy Ware
A Complete History of Portraiture – Kira McPherson
Dead Shark – Emma Hutton
Chicken Shop Girl – Katie Lumsden
Like A Blooming Discotheque – Judith Wilson
Real Estate – CG Menon
As Close As It Comes – Adam Welch
End of Terrace – Luan Goldie
First Time Ever – Erika Banerji
Granda – Ken Barlow
Madrid – B R Porter
Strange Inherited Jazz – Lou Kramskoy