The Short Story Competition now closed for entries
Many thanks to all the writers who have submitted stories for the 2014 Short Story Prize. We had a fantastic response, with once again over 410 entries.
Our dedicated team of volunteer readers is now hard at work on the almost impossible task of choosing just ten of the stories for the short list. First we need to arrive at the longlist, the titles of which will be published here on the website before the end of February. The shortlist will be announced here by the middle of March.
Then Rose Tremain, herself a multi-award-winning novelist and short story writer, will adjudge which three authors deserve the three prizes, of £500 (Donated by Nigel White Key Solutions, of Weston-super-Mare), £200 (from Wessex Water) and £100. These will be presented on Saturday April 12th. You might have seen her this month on the TV news presenting the Costa Prize, for which she chaired the panel of judges.
Every story has already been read by at least two reviewers. It’s already clear that the standard of writing this year surpasses our expectations. For this reason, writers should not be discouraged if they don’t appear in the longlist. Choosing which stories should go forward to the next round is proving truly difficult.