Short Story Award

The LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2022

LoveReading is thrilled to announce the launch of The Very Short Story Award 2022, the third year of this burgeoning competition for short story lovers.

Here are our Terms and Conditions of entry.

Key Dates

Submissions for the Award will be accepted from 1st July 2021.
The deadline for submissions is 5.30pm GMT on 31st October 2021.
The Shortlist will be announced in January 2022.
The Winning Stories will be announced on 1st March 2022.

How To Enter

We invite submissions of stories between 600-1000 words in length, written in English, in any genre. We are accepting entries from overseas as well as the UK. This is an inclusive award. We ask for just one entry per author. We accept stories from both unpublished and published authors but only unpublished stories are eligible for entry.

We are looking for exciting, stimulating, original and beautifully written stories that leave a powerful impression on the reader.

Applicants are invited to enter their submissions via the online entry form below

Please note incomplete entry forms and short stories not submitted in accordance with the entry instructions will not be eligible for consideration.

If you have any questions about this submission process email

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The Judging Panel and Process

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.

LoveReading reserves the right to increase or reduce the number of entries selected for the longlist and shortlist at their discretion.

The judging will be fair and independent. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Our judges are: Joanne Owen (LoveReading Editorial Expert and author), Liz Robinson (LoveReading Editorial Expert), Maxim Jakubowski (author, translator, editor), Matt Bates (book industry aficionado) and Femi Kayode (debut author of Lightseekers, one of our LoveReading Star Books of 2021).

Our team of five expert judges will be complemented by a People’s Choice award - a unique opportunity for LoveReading members to vote for their favourite story from the shortlist.

The Award

The winning authors will be interviewed for the LoveReading website. See our last year’s winners here. They will also receive a trophy and a certificate. The Judges’ Choice receives £300 and The People’s Choice receives £200 in prize money.

Acceptance of 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 2022. We will also appoint The LoveReading Very Short Story Award – People’s Choice Awards 2022.

"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.


If you’re looking for some inspiration, read about our previous winners below

Head here to read our top story-writing tips to get you started and guide you throughout your writing journey.

And also check out the rest of our Aspiring Authors blog series for further insight and ideas on how to get published.

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