LATEST: Thanks to generous literary friends, the prize for the best short story this year now includes a sojourn to work on your writing amid “the lush, rolling countryside of the Welsh Marches”. (It’s one week, half board, travel expenses not included.) Don’t forget that’s in addition to £300, publication and that object of desire, the one-off Willesden Herald mug, inscribed “The Willesden Short Story Prize 2014″. Runners up prizes are 2 x £150 and all ten short-listed will be published in “New Short Stories 8″. Write like demons!
PREVIOUSLY. 20 August 2013.The ninth annual Willesden Herald international short story prize submission window is now open. This year we’re using our very own Submittable submissions manager. For more links and information, please see updates. There are yet more links and history at The Willesden Herald website. I’m looking forward to reading each and every new story you send in. Thanks. (Steve)
PREVIOUSLY: We’re not reliant on Amazon any more as you can now buy books direct from here for the same price they offer or less, even including shipping. The first product we’ve added is New Short Stories 7, of course. We will be adding the back issues to our shop over the next few weeks.
PREVIOUSLY: The cover for Willesden Herald best new stories 2013 has been unveiled. It is another in the series by Brussels based Greek artist Stratos Fountoulis. The contents list and authors’ biographies have been added to our books page.
PREVIOUSLY: The results of the 8th annual international Willesden Herald short story competition are now in. You can read all about the stories and authors here. Congratulations to the prizewinners, finalists and everyone who submitted. A total of 340 short stories were received and it was a pleasure to read them all. (Steve)
The Kickstarter project was a great success and has now closed, with the funding target met and exceeded with days to spare. You can follow the link for full details and updates.
“a collection of steady illumination…” Pulp.net
“a compelling collection of short stories from the international Willesden Herald short story competition, edited by the excellent Stephen Moran, who has managed to attract some fine writers to this award, along with a fine final arbiter in the form of Zadie Smith.” Author Trek
“the collection showcases writers who are technically gifted, who are craftsmen and craftswomen with stories to tell and an assured way of telling them..” Roundtable Review UK
The international Willesden Herald short story competition to date
- 2012-13 Results – Holidaying with the Megarrys by Danielle McLaughlin
- 2011-12 Results – Winter Lambing by Virginia Gilbert. Video playlist of readings, etc.
- 2010-11 Results – Out of Season by Mary O’Shea. Pictures, reports, links
- 2009-10 Results – The Architects by Wena Poon. Pictures, judge’s report, links to other coverage
- 2008-09 Results – Work by Jo Lloyd. Pictures, video, judge’s report and biographies
- 2006-07 Results – Kid in a Well by Willie Davis
- 2005-06 Results – Dodie’s Gift by Vanessa Gebbie & Secure by Mikey Delgado