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The London Magazine’s Short Story Competition has returned for its third year.

To continue its literary history, The London Magazine is constantly looking for new voices. Our competitions provide emerging literary talent with an opportunity for publication and distinguished recognition. The London Magazine is looking for unpublished short stories under 4,000 words from writers across the world.

Opening date: 1st September 2014
Closing Date: 31st October 2014

 The winner is published in a future issue of The London Magazine. The runners up will be published on our website.

1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £300
3rd Prize: £200

The winners will also be announced at a champagne reception at the House of Commons in early 2015. This is a fantastic networking experience and gives the winners a chance to meet The London Magazine team.

Entry fee: £10 per short story.

Entrants from across the world are welcome. There is no limit to the amount of short stories you can submit.

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Polly Samson – she is the author of two collections of short stories and a novel and has written lyrics for two number one albums. Her short stories have been published by the Observer, You Magazine, the Sunday Express Magazine and the Guardian Weekend magazine as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland.

Harriet Kline – she is the winner of last year’s short story competition. She was the winner of Hissac Short Story Competition in 2012. She has also been shortlisted in the Exceter Writers Short Story Competition and the Spelling Ink Competition. She has had stories on Radio 4 and in a Virago Anthology. She lives in Bristol with her partner and two sons.


Please read to competition rules carefully before entering. Read these here.

All rules must be adhered to.

Make sure to include your completed entry form with your submission.

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