Submissions are now OPEN for The London Magazine’s Short Story Prize 2022. 

The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of its 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, 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 The London Magazine is taking submissions for previously unpublished short stories that do not exceed the maximum of 2,500 words, from writers across the world.

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. Winners will also receive cash prizes (see below), and will be celebrated as part of prize-giving ceremony in the summer.



Entry fee: £10 per short story

Subsequent entries: £5 per story

Student entry: £5 per story
(Students 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
Closing date: 27th July 2022

First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £300
Third Prize: £200

Enter Short Story Prize



Wendy Erskine‘s latest short story collection, DANCE MOVE, was published by The Stinging Fly Press and Picador earlier this year.  Her first collection, SWEET HOME, also published by The Stinging Fly and Picador, was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and shortlisted for The Republic of Consciousness Prize and the Edge Hill Prize.  It won the Butler Literary Prize.  She also writes about art and music. She works as a secondary school teacher in Belfast.

‘I am delighted to be one of the judges this year for The London Magazine short story competition.  What people can achieve in the short story form never ceases to amaze me and I know that I am going to be blown away by so many individuals’ work!


Nell Stevens is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and is a memoir and fiction writer. She is the author of Bleaker House and Mrs Gaskell & Me (UK), which won the 2019 Somerset Maugham Award. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, 2018. Her writing is published in The New York Times, Vogue, The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, Granta and elsewhere.  She lives in London with her wife and son.




David Hayden was born in Ireland and lives in England. His writing has appeared in A Public Space, Zoetrope All-Story, Granta, The Dublin Review, AGNI, New York Tyrant and The Georgia Review. He is the author of Darker With the Lights On (Carcanet/Transit).





Nicole Flattery is a writer and critic. Her work has appeared in The Stinging Fly and the London Review of Books, amongst others. Her debut collection Show Them A Good Time was published in 2019. Her first novel is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2023




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