Short Story Award


We are delighted to be supporting this new short story prize. It is being run by the Northern Short Story Festival and the Leeds Big Bookend Festival.


It was launched at the Northern Short Story Festival at the Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds on Saturday 3rd June 2017. 


  • maximum of 2000 words
  • all stories must be previously unpublished
  • entry is open to everyone aged 18+
  • fee £3
  • submission via Submission portal
  • no theme and entries can be on any subject 


Entries will be accepted up until 16th October 2017.


The judges are Anna Chilvers, author of Tainted Love, and Angela Readman, winner of the Costa Short Story Prize. Judge Anna Chilvers says: 'It's wonderful that the Walter Swan Trust is dedicated to nurturing emerging talent and I am delighted to be a part of this.'


There will be a cash prize of £200, £100 and £50 for the three winners. The top 20 stories will be published in an anthology by Valley Press in May 2018 (a change from the earlier date of March 2018).


For full competition information, please visit


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