Welcome to The Short Story competition!

I’m very pleased to announce the long list for 2017. Like last year, I got it down to 16 stories, but it’s not an easy task with such high quality stories submitted. The short list will be announced in November and winners announced early December. Congratulations to everyone on the list below and my thanks to all the contributors this year.

  • Arkady’s Fox
  • Catching the Light
  • Cherry Picker
  • Country Cut
  • Flight of a Nobody
  • Gin
  • Johnny Cash’s Girl
  • Lone Star
  • Lyrics from the Film, Drive
  • Please, Not To Be A Tree
  • Taking Wing
  • Tambourine Dream
  • The Anthony Phase
  • The Daughter of Memory
  • The Griffin
  • These Fountains Shed Red Ink

Background to The Short Story competition

Set up in 2011, The Short Story competition showcases the best short stories from around the world. Two cash prizes are awarded:

First prize: £500

Second prize: £100

The winners will be announced in December 2017, and will be published on the website. They may also be included in a future anthology. See Past Winners for previous prize-winning stories, including two Costa Short Story Award winners.

Here is a picture of the last two anthologies, published in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Best of the Short Story: Volume 2 is available on Amazon.  Thank you!

Best of The Short Story anthologies