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Nobrow Short Story Competition Shortlist Announced!

In September last year we launched our first ever Short Story Competition to support new and emerging short form writers. We put out an open call for writers to send us their response to the chosen theme of ‘The Censor’. We were overwhelmed by the response from all over the world and impressed by the high quality of writing. We have had the pleasure to read so many short stories that are diverse, ingenious and surprising. And after a long reading process we are excited to announce the 25 shortlisted stories that have made it through to our final judging round. 

In alphabetical order by title, the 25 shortlisted stories are:

Aiden Shaw’s Penis – Ali Said

Ask Me No Questions – Joe Martin

Baldilocks – Shikhandin

Borders – Simon Birks

Ebb and Flow – Kazia Polak

Fortress – Catherine Rudolph

Inspiration – Sloane Leong

Just to You – Jane Copland

Obituary of an Outcast – Kendall Klym

Oxbridge Environmental Dictionary – Gabriel Hemery

Penguin: A Flightless Migratory Bird – Selma Carvalho

Redact – Michael Harris Cohen

Reflections – Mubanga Kalimamukwento

Refracted – Stephanie Wilderspin

The Closed Door – Alice Haworth-Booth

The Colour of the Sun – Penelope Atkinson

The door of a public bathroom stall is a pigeon with a thousand letters bound to its feet – Mohsen Emaamverdi

The General and the Birds – Fernando A. Torres

The Many Different Lives of Denola – Oluwatimilehin (Timi) Odueso

The Song Bird – Nathan Alling Long

The Very Best is Available to Me – Deborah Green

Three Acts from a Woman’s Life – Mitra Madadi

Vestiges – Kiki Gonglewski

Words – Rae Theodore

Wrestling with Plato – Edward Barnfield

To help us select our final 12 stories and the overall winner from these, we are delighted to welcome the expertise of two external judges to our judging panel:

Amyra Leon is a New York City-based author, playwright, musician and activist. Her work fuses music and poetry focusing on social inequalities and communal healing. She has three literary works due to be published in 2020. 

Coco Khan is a London-based journalist for the Guardian, writing on arts media and popular culture often through a political lensShe is a contributing writer to two short story anthologies, The Good Immigrant and It’s Not About the Burqa.  

The 25 shortlisted stories will be narrowed down to the final 12 to be published in a beautiful anthology next year. An overall winner will be selected and they will receive £2000 prize money. We will make the final announcement on Tuesday May 26th