London Short Story Festival  

  18-21 June 2015  

Co-founded in 2014 by Spread the Word and Paul McVeigh, The London Short Story Festival has celebrated and profiled the range, diversity and variety in contemporary short story writing. For 2016, the Festival will be taking a break as Spread the Word celebrates its 21st Birthday. We will continue to support and promote short story writers through our London Short Story Prize, our online Flight Journal and our regular programme of workshops and masterclasses.

During this year we will be working with co-founder Paul McVeigh and our partners The Word Factory and Waterstones Piccadilly to build on what the Festival has achieved so far with a view to re-launching in 2017.

We would like to thank all the writers, publishers, partners, audiences and volunteers who have supported and participated in the Festival over the past couple of years – for your commitment to and passion for the short story – and we look forward to working with and seeing you soon.

Stay in touch with Spread the Word for all our forthcoming short story opportunities:

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The Spread the Word Team

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 Story Prize  

The London Short Story Prize 2015 is now closed for entries. Thanks to all those who entered. 


We will reveal the longlist the week beginning 28 September 2015. The winner will be announced on November 4 2015.


You can read more about previous winners Clare Sita Fisher (2013) and Ruby Cowling (2014) here.

The judges

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry is the author of the short story collections ‘Dark Lies The Island‘ and ‘There Are Little Kingdoms‘ and the novel ‘City Of Bohane‘. His new novel, ‘Beatlebone’, will be published in October ’15. He has won the Impac Dublin City Literary Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, the Granta Book of the Irish Short Story and many other journals and anthologies. His work has been translated into sixteen languages. His stage plays have been performed in Ireland and the US, and his radio dramas have been broadcast on RTE and the BBC. He lives in County Sligo.

Jon McGregor by Dan Sinclair

Jon McGregor by Dan Sinclair

Jon McGregor writes novels and short stories. His recent books include a short story collection, ‘This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You, and his third novel, ‘Even the Dogs, which won the IMPAC Dublin Literature Award in 2012. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal in letters. The Guardian recently named him as one of the Top Ten writers to see live, describing him, faintly, as ‘not the showiest or most showboating of authors.’ Jon lives in Nottingham.


Elise Dillsworth

Elise Dillsworth

Elise Dillsworth is a literary agent based in London, based at Elise Dillsworth literary agency. Previously she spent thirteen years at Virago Press, an imprint of Little Brown Book Group. As an editor she worked with many bestselling and award-winning authors including Maya Angelou, Lisa Appignanesi, Sarah Dunant, Lyndall Gordon, Linda Grant, Gillian Slovo and Sarah Waters.

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Our venue, Waterstones Piccadilly, is situated in the heart of London’s West End. Europe’s largest bookshop, it is an admired landmark of London’s architecture.

203-206 Piccadilly