London Short Story Prize 2019
Ends on October 7, 2019£10.00

The London Short Story Prize is Spread the Word’s annual prize for talented London short story writers. The Prize’s aim is to find the best short stories from writers in the capital. Now in its seventh year, we’re thrilled to open for entries to the London Short Story Prize 2019.

This year’s judges are writers Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Eley Williams and literary agent Charlotte Seymour from Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

The winner of the London Short Story Prize 2019 prize will receive £1000 and their short story will be published in Open Pen London. Two highly commended writers will each receive £250. The full longlist will see their short stories published in the London Short Story Prize 2019 Anthology.

Submissions are open for the London Short Story Prize from midday on Friday 14 June to 5pm on Monday 7 October. For more information on how to submit to the prize, please visit:

Entry into the prize is £10 per submission. This year we’re also offering 50 low-income writers free entry into the Prize:

The Prize is produced in partnership with Kingston University Press.

“Pow! has been absolutely essential for me in establishing my own unique practice as an artist and writer. The supportive environment in which to experiment and work with such a diverse range of practitioners was vital to this, alongside the invaluable time and physical space in which to workshop ideas. Because of Pow! I now have a new toolkit and method of working by being exposed to many different artistic approaches, allowing me to form my own hybrid method – it can’t be understated how liberating and mobilizing this has been.” Alex Marlow – Pow! 2018 participant

After an incredibly successful first year Pow! is back! Pow! is an initiative from Nick Field run in association with Spread the Word and Wotever World and funded by Arts Council England. Pow! offers a series of free workshops tailored specifically for young London-based LGBTQ+ artists, aimed at developing your voice, your work and practice, with the opportunity to showcase your work at the end of the scheme. 

To apply, you must:

  • Be aged between 18 – 25 years and live in London
  • Identify as LGBTQ+
  • Submit a short personal statement (max 500 words). 
  • Submit an example of your work up to 1000 words in length, and any video links you’d like us to see
  • Tell us what kind of work you’d like to make for the showcase (max 300 words). 
  • Commit to 10 workshops taking place over 5 days (please see workshop dates below) and to creating a 5-10 minute performance piece for the showcase event on 24 September 2019.

Workshop dates (all sessions will run from 10am-5pm)
Saturday 13 July
Saturday 20 July
Saturday 27 July
Saturday 14 September
Sunday 22 September

Showcase date: Tuesday 24 September 2019 (you’ll need to be available at the RVT from 1pm for tech rehearsals). 

The deadline to apply is 5pm, Monday 1 July and we will respond to all applicants by the close of the day on Friday 5 July. If you've got any questions at all, please contact Aliya Gulamani - 

Good luck with your submission! 

Spread the Word is delighted to be an official partner for The Free Reads scheme, supporting applications from London writers. Over the last 10 years, we’ve supported more than 70 writers with receiving professional feedback. The scheme is open throughout the year with two deadline windows: 1 July and 1 December 2019.

To apply for the Free Reads scheme via Spread the Word, you must live in London and be on a low-income, meeting one of the following criteria:

– You are in receipt of Universal Credit, Job Seeker’s Allowance, disability benefit, income support or working tax credit
– You earn less than the London Living Wage of £10.55 per hour
– You are a full-time student
– You are aged 60 or over

If you identify as being on low-income but do not meet one of the criteria listed above then please get in touch as we are able to evaluate applicants’ eligibility on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants must submit:

– A completed TLC Free Reads Scheme form (available to download here)
– The first 1,000 words of your writing or up to 20 pages if your writing is poetry or script-writing
– A complete synopsis of the written work submitted. The synopsis must clearly show your story’s outline and should not exceed 1,000 words
– Documentation that shows you meet the criteria to apply for a Free Read

We will respond to all applicants within three weeks after each deadline window. 

We have provided a list of FAQs with details on how to submit your entry. If you have any further queries, please get in touch. Good luck!

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