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LoveReading is thrilled to share the shortlisted stories for The LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2021.
From the hundreds of entries which have been flooding in since July 2020, our team of judges this week met virtually to debate, discuss and define our shortlist.
Our MD Deborah Maclaren commented: “One element of our mission here at LoveReading is to support aspiring authors, both through our LoveReading Very Short Story Award and our Indie Author Submission Platform. This annual prize is one of the most inclusive awards around, making it possible for unpublished authors as well as published ones to really make their mark. The blind judging is an incredibly important part of this process, letting the stories speak for themselves. Thank you to everyone who shared a story with us this year and huge congratulations to our shortlisted writers.”
In this our third year, our judges Joanne Owen, Maxim Jakobowski, Matt Bates and Beth Morrey led by our Reviews Editor Liz Robinson, were again delighted with the quality of the entries.
We have had some fabulous stories from across all genres to deliberate over, so thank you to all who entered. A particularly strong long list meant an interesting few hours as we championed our favourites and sorted them into our top ten. We feel we have a good variety of top ten stories for you to read before you choose your own favourite. Will this be the first year that the two different awards of Judges’ and People’s Choice correspond? Can’t wait to find out!
Now it’s your turn to have your say and vote for The People’s Choice Award. So please, grab a cuppa and dive in to read our shortlisted entries. The last few years the Judges’ Winner and the People’s Choice have been different so let’s see what you think again this year – and make your voice heard.
You are able to vote until 5th February 2021.
The winning stories will be announced on 19th February 2021.
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 We accept stories from both unpublished and published authors, but only unpublished stories are eligible for entry.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 an online entry form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2022 judges are yet to be announced but the 2021 judges were: Liz Robinson (LoveReading Reviews Editor), Maxim Jakubowski (author, translator, editor), Joanne Owen (LoveReading Editorial Expert and author), Matt Bates (book industry aficionado) and Beth Morrey (debut author of Saving Missy, one of our LoveReading Star Books of 2020).
Our team of five expert judges are complemented by a People’s Choice award - a unique opportunity for LoveReading members to vote for their favourite story from the shortlist.
The winning authors are interviewed for the LoveReading website. See our 2020 winners here. They also receive a trophy and a certificate. The Judges’ Choice receives £300 and The People’s Choice receives £200 in prize money.
Submissions for the 2022 Awards 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 in February 2022.