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The LoveReading Very Short Story Award

The shortlisted stories are now live in our inaugural LoveReading Very Short Story Award. Read on to enjoy the 10 shortlisted stories for 2019, and vote in the People's Choice Award. The Winner will be announced on 23rd February 2018 so watch this space.  

In October 2018, we launched our inaugural LoveReading Very Short Story Award Competition and we have been 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 We accepted stories from both unpublished and published authors but only unpublished stories were eligible for entry.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 will be complemented by a People’s Choice vote - a unique opportunity for LoveReading members to vote for their favourite story from the shortlist. The winning story will be read by a professional actor on The LoveReading Podcast, and published on the LoveReading website. Our judges are: 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).

We would like to thank everyone for their interest and especially thank all of our writers who entered. We were delighted by the number of entries we received, the quality of the writing inspired us and we have just loved reading the stories as they flowed through the doors.

Our judging panel met last week and chose their 10 shortlisted stories.

It wasn’t an easy task as we were inundated with some wonderful stories but they eventually whittled it down to their top 10.

Now it’s time for you to have your say.

Take a look at the top 10 stories by clicking here and vote for your favourite. You have to be logged into the site to vote to ensure there is one vote per person, but if you’re not already a member, it only takes a moment to sign up!

The voting deadline is 12 noon on 1st February so don’t delay!

The Winner and People’s Choice Award will be both be announced on February 23rd, so watch this space…

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.

Please see our forthcoming posts and T&Cs for all details.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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

LoveReading is thrilled to announce the launch of The Very Short Story Award 2019. 

KEY 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 Stories will be announced in February 2019.

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.

Applicants are invited to enter their submissions via the online entry form https://www.lovereading.co.uk/submit-short-story

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 shortstories@lovereading.co.uk

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 panel also have the right to call in entries they feel are worthy of entry but have not been submitted.

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

Our judges are: 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). 

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 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.

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 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.