Short Story Award

The LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2022

The LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2022 is now closed for submissions. The Shortlist will be announced in January 2022. The Winning Stories will be announced on 1st March 2022.

We are looking for exciting, stimulating, original and beautifully written stories that leave a powerful impression on the reader. We have invited 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 We accept stories from both unpublished and published authors but only unpublished stories are eligible for entry.

The entries are currently being judged by our panel who judge the submissions blind. They 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.

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.

If you have any questions about this submission process email