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The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of long history, from Jean Rhys to Raymond Carver and V. S. Pritchett. Our annual Short Story Competition seeks out new voices to join them.  

Established to encourage emerging literary talent, the award provides an opportunity for publication and recognition, as well as rewarding imagination, originality and creativity. The London Magazine is taking submissions for previously unpublished short stories that do not exceed the maximum of 2,500 words, from writers across the world.

We are delighted to announce that the stories will be judged by: Wendy Erskine, David Hayden, Nell Stevens and Nicole Flattery. 

 The story that wins first place will be published in a future print edition of The London Magazine. The second and third place stories will be published on our website. Prize winners will also receive cash prizes (see below), and will be celebrated at a prize-giving event in late summer.    

 Information:  Entry fee: £10 per short story |  Subsequent entries: £5 per story    Student entry: £5 per story (entrants must submit their stories with a valid university email address).   Note: There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.   

Opening date: 6th May 2022 

Deadline:  6th July 2022     

First Prize: £500  

Second Prize: £300  

Third Prize: £200

  • The London Magazine will have the unrestricted right to publish winning submissions (including runners up) in the magazine and online.
  • Subsequent entries should be submitted separately in individual entry forms through Submittable and not in the same document.
  • Make sure to include your completed entry form with your submission if submitting by any means other than Submittable. This can be downloaded from our website and sent to us by email or post.
  • Please read our competition rules carefully before entering.  If you have any questions, please contact Lily at competition@thelondonmagazine.org.
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.