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The LoveReading VERY Short Story Award 2020

LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2020 entries are now closed. The judges are busy reading the entries…

The LoveReading VERY Short Story Award 2020

The LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2020 is underway. Here are our Terms and Conditions of entry.


The deadline for submissions was 5.30pm GMT on 31st October 2019. The entries are now closed for this year.

The Shortlist will be announced in January 2020.

The Winning Stories will be announced in February 2020.


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.

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

Our judges are: Liz Robinson (LoveReading Reviews Editor), Maxim Jakubowski (author, translator, editor), Joanne Owen (LoveReading Editorial Expert and author), Matt Bates (book industry aficionado) and Rachel Edwards (debut author of Darling, one of our LoveReading Star Books of 2018).

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 winning stories will be published on the LoveReading website.

The winners receive an award and Judges Prize winner receives £300 and People’s Choice receives £200 prize money.


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 2020. We will also appoint The LoveReading Very Short Story Award – People’s Choice Awards 2020.

“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.