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The LoveReading Very Short Story Award

The 2019 winners of The LoveReading Very Short Story Award are announced today 23rd February 2019. The Winning stories were read out on the LoveReadinf Podcast, which you can listen to here.

View the People's Choice Winner

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Winner: Oh, I Do Love A Banana

Susanna Crossman was born in Britain, but now lives in France with her family. She writes both Fiction and Non-Fiction in English and in Frech. The Judges said Oh, I Do Love A Banana is "is a deeply moving story" and that "that the ending was a perfect way to keep him in the reader’s mind for a very long time". You hear the Winners being read out on the LoveReading Podcast.

People's Choice Winner

Voted for by you, The Undiscovered Tribe is the People's Choice Winner for the LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2019!

In October 2018, we launched our inaugural LoveReading Very Short Story Award Competition and were delighted by the response.

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 We accepted stories from both unpublished and published authors but only unpublished stories were eligible for entry.

We were looking for exciting, stimulating, original and beautifully written stories that leave a powerful impression on the reader. And wow, did we get them!

Our team of five expert judges read the 2018 stories blind when choosing their 10 shortlisted stories and this was complemented by a People’s Choice vote - a unique opportunity for LoveReading members to vote for their favourite story from the shortlist.

Our judges were: Elena Lappin (author, editor and LoveReading Podcast host), Liz Robinson (LoveReading Reviews Editor), Maxim Jakubowski (author, translator, editor), Alison Flood (literary journalist), and Preti Taneja (novelist).

The Judge’s Winner was Susanna Crossman’s Oh I Do Love a Banana, which you can read here.

The People’s Choice Award was won by Jan Stannard’s Undiscovered Tribe which you can read here.

They were both read by a professional actor on the celebratory LoveReading Podcast which you can listen to for free here.

Two other stories were Highly Commended by our panel: Trouble at the Orange Palace by Molly Gartland and Meat Paste by David Ashbridge.

You can read our blog about the Award Winners here.

We would like to thank everyone who entered a submission, our readers who took the time to read the stories and vote for their favourite and of course our wonderful panel of judges.

If you are a budding author, please note that the 2020 Awards will be launched in the Summer, with entries accepted until the end of October.


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.