Deadline Day is Coming! London Independent Story Prize

Just a few days left until the Deadline! 10th of January!

Polish those 300-word short-short stories and take your chance. Become a part of this wonderful community of writers and storytellers. Take the chance of winning the prize! Give your story a chance to be recognised.

Check out the 2018 Calendar from here LISP.

LISP judges are looking for strong and unique voices, check out the interviews with the judges on the website.

‘Originality must come from other resources: from one’s own voice, personality, character.’ Luis Pizarro, LISP judge.

‘Given that the story can only be 300 words, I am looking for something beyond the ephemeral, a story that will make an impression.’ James Kirchick, LISP judge.

‘LISP is based on creating a great community and, of course, all the writers who attend the competition will definitely be a part of this network. However, winners are winners, and they will have the greatest advantage. First of all, the prize and publication, and when you win a competition, it means that your pen has been recognised, which is a great feature for any writer. Not only while trying to reach agents or publishers, but also the personal satisfaction is priceless. Especially for young writers, it’s a way to build confidence.

As an award winner, I can also say that it helps you to improve. Now you see that you can write things that others appreciate as well, which encourages you to be even bolder.’ Ozge Gozturk, LISP founder.

Competition Longlist and Other Stories

Hello from all at Short Fiction

We are thrilled to announce this year’s competition longlist, which you can see here. Huge congratulations to all who made the cut, and thank you to everyone who entered – some 450 stories.
The shortlist will be announced on Friday 16th June, the winner shortly after.

A bit of an announcement… A little heavy-hearted, but we’ve concluded that Issue 10 will be our final print edition. It’s been an amazing journey, one we owe most thanks to founding editor Anthony Caleshu. In ten years we’ve published around 120 short stories from across the world, discovering along the way some fabulous new voices, writers who have gone on to great literary successes. It’s been a delight to edit their work, to commission illustrations to accompany it. A glance at our back issues are, we hope, testament to the quality of fiction we’ve put out there.


In short the literary journal is a niche publication, one that must constantly battle for existence, and although we will continue to publish fiction online, to grow our archive of stories, we are no longer in a position to put out a physical book. We thank you all for your support over the years – some of you might even possess all ten issues – and by way of gratitude, we’ve reduced the last box of Issue 10s to just £5 each. So if you want to grab a piece of history, best be quick.

Our ever popular short story masterclass continues online, a 5-week course you can sign up for here. More and more of our students are seeing work written here published, including in one case an entire collection. Next course kicks off on June 18th and dates for future ones will appear soon.

There remains some wonderfully innovative journals out there, their presence vital in the unveiling of exciting new voices, authors who may never emerge without them, so we urge you to support them when you can.

For now, in terms of things you can touch and feel, farewell…

Tom Vowler

Short Fiction Prize 2017


Short Fiction is delighted to announce the 2017 short story prize is now open for entries. First prize is £500 plus publication, and the runner-up receives £100. Third prize receives a place on our online masterclass. Entry fee £7 per story. The deadline is March 31st. Click here for details of how to enter. Good luck.

And why not get your literary year off to a fabulous start and treat yourself to our online short story masterclass, taught by award-winning authors and editors. Study from anywhere.

We have a few copies of Issue 10 left, which includes Nick Holdstock, Kit de Waal, Colin Barrett, Ríona Judge McCormack, Inderjeet Mani, plus our competition winner, Michelle Coyne.

Plus there’s online fiction and interviews with some of the world’s best writers.

From all at Short Fiction, we wish you a lovely and literary 2017.



We are thrilled to announce the tenth issue of Short Fiction.


There are 13 beautifully illustrated stories from around the world, 180 pages including Nick Holdstock, Kit de Waal, Colin Barrett, Ríona Judge McCormack, Inderjeet Mani, plus our competition winner, Michelle Coyne. And a 16-page centrepiece artwork by Lisa Stokes. We are so grateful for all your support over the years, and hope we have produced another fine issue for you.

You can order your copy for just £8 here.

Warm wishes

The Editors

Short Fiction – Issue 10

We are thrilled to show you the cover for Short Fiction‘s forthcoming issue, due this autumn.


There are 13 beautifully illustrated stories from around the world.

180 pages featuring Nick Holdstock, Kit de Waal, Colin Barrett, Inderjeet Mani, plus our competition winner, Michelle Coyne.

Our featured artist is Lisa Stokes. You can pre-order your copy (only £8) by following this link.

As ever, we are grateful for all your support.

Hotel #1

Hotel #1 is now available from the ICA bookshop or through our website.

Hotel is a magazine for new approaches to fiction, non-fiction and poetry, which features new work from established authors and emerging talent. Hotel aims to provide a space for experimental reflection on literature’s role as “art” and cultural mediator. Our first issue (spring 2016) includes new work by Will Eaves, Jane Yeh and Eley Williams. Our second issue (autumn 2016) will feature work by Wayne Koestenbaum, Amanda DeMarco and Mary Margaret Rinebold. Hotel is currently available from the Institute of Contemporary Arts Bookshop in London or here.

Hotel #1 will be launched on June 24th at The Function Room.

The Function Room is upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB.

There will be readings from both HOTEL #1. & HOTEL #2, including Holly Pester, Duncan White, Eley Williams and Will Eaves.

For more details visit here or here.





short story masterclass


Short Fiction‘s first 5-week online masterclass filled up quickly, so if you missed out, we go again on March 6th. The course has been written and designed by our editors, who are all published authors and creative writing lecturers, and mines their wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for this most demanding of literary forms. Our aim is to unravel some of the mysteries and complexities of the short story, guiding you through the art and craft of composing pieces.

This immersion into the short story will include weekly feedback on your submitted work, the goal to produce a publishable piece by the end of the course. Study at home in your own time. Topics covered include:

A brief history of the short story

What makes stories come to life, and how to build them

Character, voice, narrative tension and dialogue

Beginnings and endings. Or just middles?

Obliquity, subtext, structure and lacunae

Less is more: the art of editing

Follow the link from our page here to find out more, and get your writing year off to a fabulous start.

Short Fiction Issue 9 – out now

SF9 cover

Short Fiction‘s current issue. 13 stories including fiction by Toby Litt, Carol Maver, Cynan Jones, Luke Kennard and Mary O’Donoghue, plus our competition winner. All fiction is presented with bespoke front illustration, and there is artwork throughout by David Shrigley.

Order your copy by following the link above.


Hello short story lovers.
There’s a sneak preview of Short Fiction‘s forthcoming issue below, which features 13 stories, including fiction by Toby Litt, Carol Maver, Cynan Jones, Luke Kennard and Mary O’Donoghue, plus our competition winner. Artwork throughout is by David Shrigley, and each story is accompanied by bespoke illustration. You can pre-order your copy by following the link above.
And our competition shortlist has now been announced. Look out for the winner later this month.
Thank you for your support.
The Editors
SF9 cover

Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition: deadline 31 July

The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition, hosted by the Munster Literature Centre and Southword Journal, is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world, submissions accepted from May to July annually. It is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists, sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre. If the winner comes to Cork to collect their prize, we will lavish them with hotel accommodation, meals, drinks and VIP access to the literary stars at the Cork International Short Story Festival (23 – 26 September 2015). The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all moneys raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.

For more information, including submission guidelines please visit

First Prize: €2,000*, publication in the literary journal Southword, AND a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat.

*(approx $2153/£1431 in April 2015),

Second Prize: €500 and publication in Southword.

Four more shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120.

More about the 2015 Judge Danielle McLaughlin

Danielle McLaughlin

Danielle McLaughlin lives in County Cork. Her stories have appeared in The Stinging Fly, Southword, Long Story, Short, The Irish Times, Boyne Berries, Crannóg, The Burning Bush 2, Inktears, and Hollybough. They have also been published in various anthologies, most recently Willesden Herald New Short Stories 7 (2013), The Salt Anthology of New Writing 2013, Scraps – the NFFD Anthology 2013 and have been broadcast on RTE RadioShe has won a number of prizes for short fiction including the Writing Spirit Award for Fiction 2010, the From the Well Short Story Competition 2012, the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition 2012, The Willesden Herald Short Story Competition 2012 – 2013, the Merriman Short Story Competition in memory of Maeve Binchy, and the Dromineer Literary Festival Short Story Competition 2013. She was awarded an Arts Council Bursary in 2013. Her début collection is forthcoming from The Stinging Fly.

Read her story ‘The Dinosaurs on Other Planets’ in The New Yorker

New Yorker interview with Danielle McLaughlin

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