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

  • Antidote
  • Beyond a Joke
  • Extraterrestrial Life
  • Good Morning, Azar
  • It Isn’t About the Money
  • Passengers
  • Salome
  • The Bargain
  • The Heron
  • The Hill Farm
  • The Summer He Slipped Away
  • The Vigil of Evergreen
  • The Weight of Nothing
  • Vlad Baiting
  • What’s in a Name
  • You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down

The short list should be up in November and winners 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!