This competition is closed. The winners have been announced.

Throughout our well-established literary history, The London Magazine has been proud to support and provide a platform for young and emerging writers. Collaborating with a chosen collection of South Universities, we are excited to announce our short story competition in which the 12 finalists will have their work published in a special e-book under The London Magazine.

Please note: This competition is a relaunch to the earlier ‘TLM University of Portsmouth Competition’. Entrants to this competition have been automatically entered into this one.

 From 23rd September, any student from our chosen Universities (whatever course you may be doing) can enter into this short story competition.

 The competition will end on 31st October

Entry fee:

£3 per short story.

 There is no limit on the amount of entries you can send.

 The Universities involved with are:

  1. Portsmouth
  2. Southampton
  3. Southampton Solent
  4. Winchester
  5. Chichester
  6. Brighton
  7. Sussex


  • The 12 winners will be published in a special e-book, which will go on sale once the winners have been announced. The winners will receive a complimentary eBook copy of the issue.
  • Winners also receive their own copy of The London Magazine diary.

Our expert panel of judges include:

 Steven O’Brien

Steven is the editor of The London Magazine. He is also a Senior Lecturer of Creative Writing at Portsmouth and leads the MA course. He is a widely published poet and his recent collections are Scrying Stone and Dark Hill Dreams.

 Derwent May

Derwent has been the literary editor of The Listener, literary and arts editor of the Sunday Telegraph as well as The European, poetry and fiction editor of the TLS and being the weekly Nature Notes provider for readers of The Times.

Conor Patrick

is and American living on the south soast of England where he works and gives free creative writing workshops in his community. His debut collection of short stories, Goodbye Crocodile, was recently published and is available in paperback and kindle format. Someday, he would like to own a telescope.

 Submission details

  • Entries will be accepted from the 23rd September 2013.
  • The closing date for entries is the 31st October 2013.
  • Entry fee is: £3.00 per short story

There is no limit on the number of submissions per person.

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  • We will consider stories up to 4,000 words in length. The title is not included in the word count.
  • This competition is ONLY open for students of the chosen Universities

Entry format

  • Entries must be in English.
  • Postal entries must be single-sided, typed, with pages numbered and securely fastened with a staple. Each entry must be on a new sheet.
  • The filename of email entries must be the author followed by the title of the story. It must be either a .doc, pdf or .txt file.
  • Entries must be labelled clearly with your name, address and email address on the front page.
  • Entries will not be returned, so please make sure to keep a copy.
  • No corrections can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.
  • Please ensure that you use the correct postage.
  • Please include a completed entry form with your submissions
  • Postal entries should be marked ‘University Short Story Competition’ and sent to:

The London Magazine
11 Queen’s Gate


 Email submissions should be sent to:

  • Please include in the subject line your name, the competition and the title of the poem.
  • Please attach a completed entry form with your submissions

 Payment details

▪         Fees are payable by PayPal, credit/debit card, cheque or postal order.
▪         Cheques must be in pounds and should be payable to The London Magazine with your name and address on the back.
▪         Credit card payments can be accepted by telephone.


▪         The winning entries will be notified by email.
▪         Unfortunately, we cannot respond to every entry. Only the winning entries will be notified.

If you are not part of one of the participating universities but would like your University to be involved, please email and you University could be part of a future competition.

If you would like to get involved with promoting this competition within your University, please email Jessica for an advertising kit.

The Southern Universities Short Story Entry Form

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