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The LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2019

By Charlotte Walker on 3rd September 2018

We are incredibly pleased to announce the first LoveReading Very Short Story Competition.

Have you got a story to share?

We are looking for exciting, original work, between 600-1000 words that can leave a lasting impression on our readers and our judges. Head to our Awards page to find out more.

Who can enter?

In short (geddit?), anyone! This inclusive award is open to anyone based in the UK or overseas. We also welcome submissions from any genre. 

The Judges?

What do you get when you mix the Winner of the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize, judge of the Romantic Novelists' Association Goldsboro Romantic Novel of the Year award 2018, two authors and a literary journalist? Our Judging panel!

Elena Lappin - Author of Foreign Brides and Nose, founding editor of ONE (an imprint of Pushkin Press), and Host of the LoveReading Podcast.

Liz Robinson - Editorial Expert for LoveReading since 2014 and judge of the Romantic Novelists' Association Goldsboro Romantic Novel of the Year award 2018

Maxim Jakubowski - The London based novelist and editor has written on and reviewed crime for Time Out, The Guardian, the Times, the Daily Telegraph and The Bookseller, amongst other publications. Maxim has also held editorial director positions for Virgin, the Thomson Organisation, Penguin and Ebury Press before opening the world-famous Murder One bookshop in 1988.

Alison Flood - A literary journalist who works for the Guardian, and reviews whenever she can for whoever she can including The Observer and The Sunday Times.

Preti Taneja - Winner of the Desmond Eliott Prize 2018 with her fantastic debut novel We That Are Young - a modern-day twist on the popular Shakespeare play King Lear.

The entries will be judged blind by our panel. They will only see the title and the story itself when embarking on the judging process. From the entries submitted, the judges will draw up a shortlist of 10 short stories, from which they will select the winning entry. The judging will be fair and independent. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The People's Choice 

As a part of the judging process, we are offering a unique opportunity for LoveReading members to vote for their favourite story from the shortlist. Click the Login/Register and Sign up if you haven't already to be in with a chance of having your say on the entries.

Important dates

Submissions for the Award will be accepted from 3rd September 2018.

The deadline for submissions is 5.30pm GMT on 31st October 2018.

The Shortlist will be announced in January 2019.

The Winning Story will be announced in February 2019.

The Winner

The winning story will be read by a professional actor on The LoveReading Podcast and published on the LoveReading website. The People’s Choice award will be promoted on the Podcast and published on the LoveReading website.

The Terms and Conditions

These guidelines must be read thoroughly to check that the author’s work is eligible for submission. Any story submitted is done so on the basis that these Terms and Conditions are accepted.

“Award” means this competition to find the best short story which will be called The LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2019. We will also appoint The LoveReading Very Short Story Award – People’s Choice Awards 2019.

“Entrant” means all authors, publishers and / or agents submitting an entry either personally or on behalf of/ with the consent of an author.

The story must be original and entirely the author’s own work and be written for an adult audience.

The story must be submitted in the author’s own name.

The Award is not open to employees of LoveReading or anyone connected with the Award including direct family members.

If you think you have a short story we would love to read, then head to our submissions page.