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The Short Story Prize longlist is revealed

23 Oct 2017

Short Story Prize

Earlier this year, we ran the Short Story Prize in partnership with Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing – a competition that asked budding children’s fiction writers to recreate a classic fairy tale and give it a modern twist.

The £200 prize and the chance have their work published in an ebook attracted over four hundred entries, all of breath-taking quality and vision.

It has been a long, hard process, but we are delighted to announce the list of 30 stories that will be submitted to our panel of judges including Chris Priestley, award winning children’s author, members of the Bloomsbury Editorial team and Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.

King Arthur by Rohan Agalawatta

The Problem with Mr Woolf by Kelly Archer

The Mysterious Transformation of the Prince of Amphibia by Stephanie Aslan

Cinders’s Fella by Catherine Cade

Broken - A Mother's Tale by Geoff Crawford

What’s in a Name by Peter Donald

Hood by Kate Dowling

Sinbad the Sailor by Hayley Down

Threads by Victoria Dutchman-Smith

Beardunzel by Annette Edge

The Perfect Child by Charlotte Goddard

A Tail for Talia by Maggie Holman

The Chocolate Apple by Katja Kaine

Rumpy Stilton by Christine Kelly

Terms & Conditions by Christian Kriticos

Sarah Snow and the Seven Spacecraft Engineers by Miranda Luby

The Giant’s Child by Victoria McFarland

Mrs Ginger’s Gingerbread House by Luke McNaney

The Elves and the Shoemaker by Suzanne Meikle

Frog Boy by Graine Milner

Centre-Ella by Samantha Pope

Hansel and Gretel by Treasa Reilly

Jackson Spriggins and the Magical Baked Beanstalk by Sarah Rowles

Mya Molio by Rachael D. Salmon

M Perez New Clothes by Phil Sheppard

Trip T. Rap and the Group Chat Kids by Julia Stafford

Vanished by Frances M.S. Stickley

The Tiger’s Fine New Clothes by Fiona May Thiemann

My Dog Is A Were-Doodle by Jennifer Watson

Cinderella Take Two by Karen Wright

Rapunzel’s Reunion by Emma Young

The panel will meet to select the top 10 winning stories on 7 November. Check the website or our Twitter feed to find out if you’re a winner.

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