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Welcome to The Short Story competition!

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who submitted a story to the competition this year. Thanks to your submissions the competition is able to continue year on year. The standards were high and the range of stories impressive. Here is the short list for 2016:

  • Beyond a Joke – Sally Lane
  • Extraterrestrial Life – Eilidh McCabe
  • Passengers – Deirdre Shanahan
  • The Bargain – Martin Nathan
  • The Hill Farm – Jonathan Page
  • The Vigil of Evergreen – Niamh MacCabe
  • The Weight of Nothing – Phillip Drown
  • You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down – Ellen Lowe

Below is long list for 2016. There was some great comedy writing, some deeply touching tales, a lot of dysfunctional family material and a couple of unique epistolary exchanges. I got it down to 16 stories, but it could easily have been longer. In the end I had to exercise some control. Congratulations to those authors who reached this far:

  • Antidote – Annie Dawid
  • Beyond a Joke – Sally Lane
  • Extraterrestrial Life – Eilidh McCabe
  • Good Morning, Azar – James Woolf
  • It Isn’t About the Money – Ed Hinde
  • Passengers – Deirdre Shanahan
  • Salome – Chantelle Gray
  • The Bargain – Martin Nathan
  • The Heron – Clay Iles
  • The Hill Farm – Jonathan Page
  • The Summer He Slipped Away – Michael Thomas
  • The Vigil of Evergreen – Niamh MacCabe
  • The Weight of Nothing – Phillip Drown
  • Vlad Baiting – Mark Frederick Shadwell
  • What’s in a Name – J.H. Moncrieff
  • You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down – Ellen Lowe

The winners will be announced in December. Follow me on Twitter for regular updates (well, I say regular rather loosely): @theshortstory11

About The Short Story

Set up in 2011 and just beginning its sixth year, The Short Story competition showcases the best short stories from around the world. Three cash prizes are awarded:

First prize: £300

Second prize: £150

Third prize: £50

Deadline for submissions: 15th September 2016. (Submissions now closed for this year)

Entry fee: £5 (PayPal only)

The winners are published on the website and may be included in a future anthology. See Past Winners for previous prize-winning stories, including two Costa Short Story Award winners.

Click on the Submission Guidelines for more details and follow me on Twitter @theshortstory11.

And here is a picture of the anthology, Best of The Short Story, Volume 1, from the first 3 years of the competition, sitting on one of Kerry’s cushions. A free copy was given to every contributor and to everyone who had been involved in the competition from the beginning. Too many to mention here, but you know who you are.

Thank you!

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