The London Magazine’s Short Story Competition 2014

by Jamie Klingler

It’s not an enormous leap to suggest those who love books and reading quite often love writing too. And just in case that applies to any of you, let me tell you about a competition you might like to enter.

The London Magazine has previously run short stories from some of the best-known authors in the world – Raymond Carver, Alison MacLeod, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd. And now you’ve a chance to have your name on that list, as their short story competition will be returning for its third year in September.

There are a few rules (you can check out a full list here), but the important bits are:

  • All entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast, nor have won or placed (as in 2nd, 3rd,, runner up etc) in any other competition.
  • Submissions can be written on any subject or theme.
  • Short stories can be up to 4,000 words in length (no flash fiction). The title is NOT included in the word count.
  • Entry fee is £10 per short story.

The opening date for entries is 1st September, and you have until 31st October to get your entries in.  The winner is published in a future issue of The London Magazine. The runners up will be published on the magazine’s site. 1st Prize: £500, 2nd Prize: £300, 3rd Prize: £200.

To read more about the competition, the judges, and to download an entry form, please visit the site here. Good luck!