Saturday 26 August 2017



Spread the Word is pleased to open the London Short Story Prize 2017, judged by writers Leone Ross and Joe Dunthorne, and agent Emma Paterson of RCW Agency.

The London Short Story Prize 2017 is open for entries from 19 June until Monday 9 October at midday and we’re on the lookout for the best short stories written by London writers. We are pleased to be able to offer 50 low income writers free entry for this year’s Prize.
Submitting your story to the London Short Story Prize – The Lowdown
This year’s Prize is open for entries on Monday 19 June 2017.
The deadline for entries is Monday 9 October 2017 at midday.
The winner will receive £1000, have their story published in print and online by Open Pen, and feature in the London Short Story Prize 2017 anthology.
You can enter you story online via Submittable or in the post (guidance for postal entries to can be found in the guidelines).
Two highly commended and three shortlisted stories will be published in the London Short Story Prize 2017, by Kingston University Press and paid for their story publication.
The Prize is open to entries from writers living in London. If you are unsure whether your address counts as London, please use the Doogal website to check.
The word limit is 5000 words per story.
The Prize is judged completely anonymously; to that effect please ensure your name does not appear anywhere on the story document you enter.
The stories must be previously unpublished (including broadcast in any medium, published in print or online).
Writers are welcome to submit as many stories as they wish.
There is a £6 charge per story entered.
There are 50 free entries available by application until Friday 28 July, 5pm, for eligible writers (see the bottom of this webpage for details).
If you’re entering your story by post please download and complete a postal entry form that you can download here: London Short Story Prize Postal Entry Form 2017

Please read the full guidelines before submitting, which can be downloaded here.

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