The LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2019

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

Judge's Winner: Oh, I Do Love A Banana

Stanley Green couldn’t remember if he needed cheese. He looked down at the supermarket conveyor belt. His shopping splayed out on old black rubber: Two bunches of bananas wrapped in cellophane. A bottle of bleach. Yellow and white. He felt his stomach lurch, patted his pockets for his list, written that morning with an inky biro. In the ...

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People's Choice Winner: The Undiscovered Tribe

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

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Shortlisted Books

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 We accepted stories from both unpublished and published authors but only unpublished stories were eligible for entry.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.