LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2022

The 2022 winners of The LoveReading Very Short Story Award are announced today, March 3rd.

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LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2022: LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2022 Shortlist

People's Choice Winner: Johnny Seven

You take your piggy bank to the toyshop and ask for a hammer. You know you have enough: your pocket money for most of 1964, the ten-shilling notes from Christmas, the sixpences for walking next-door’s spaniel. The shopkeeper smashes Piggy and counts your five pounds, his assistant climbs the shiny wooden ladder to the top shelf, and at last ...

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Judges' Choice Winner: Love in the Time of Corona

She’s sitting alone in a restaurant slightly more expensive than she can afford but which TripAdvisor assures her makes ‘the tastiest burgers in the city’. Jack loves burgers. His profile picture is a monochrome snap of James Dean eating one. After necking back half a bottle of wine and working up the courage to download Tinder, ...

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Shortlisted Books

The 2022 winners of The LoveReading Very Short Story Award were announced on 3rd March 2022. Read about the winners here and read the winning stories below.

A big thank you must go out to our judges. Joining LoveReading editorial experts Joanne Owen and Liz Robinson, were Maxim Jakubowski, Matt Bates, and debut author Femi Kayode

The 2023 awards, the fifth year of this burgeoning competition for short story lovers will open on July 1st 2022.

The most inclusive short story competition around, LoveReading's panel of experts invite submissions of stories between 600-1000 words in length, written in English, in any genre and accept entries from all over the world. We accept stories from both unpublished and published authors but only unpublished stories are eligible for entry.

Our experts read the stories blind without knowing anything about the storytellers so it's an incredible platform for writers old and new to have a level playing field.

They choose ten stories to sit on the shortlist (and the overall Judges’ Award winner), the shortlist is then opened up for members of the LoveReading community to vote for their favourite. 

We would like to thank everyone who entered the 2022 competition, and huge congratulations to our short listed ten and overall winners. Do look out for our 2023 competition which will be open for submissions in July 2022.

After it launches in July, you will then have until 31st October 2021 to submit your stories.

The Shortlist will be announced in January 2023 giving you the opportunity to vote for your favourite, and the 2023 winners will be announced at the beginning of March.

If you feel you need a little helping hand in creating an award-winning story, do check out this fabulous post by LoveReading expert, author and judge Joanne Owen which will guide you on the path to success: Creating Show-Stopping Short Stories.

About The LoveReading Very Short Story Award

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

Each year we invite submissions of stories between 600-1000 words in length, written in English, in any genre. We accept 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 were eligible for entry.

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

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

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.

The LoveReading Very Short Story Award Archive

Click on a year below to view past years from this award.