2023 Shortlist

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s shortlist of 9 stories for The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize. The shortlist was chosen from 20 exceptional stories on this year’s longlist by our fantastic judging panel, including writers Joe Bedford and Mona Dash.

Stories on this year’s shortlist include (in alphabetical order):

2099 by Shannon Savvas
42C by Patrick Holloway
A Form of Freedom by Laura Coleman
Celtic Knots by Chris Cottom
Inconceivable by Jo Morey
She Went There for the Weekend by Hannah Retallick
Still Life by Lui Sit
The Perfect Discordant Note by Anne Elicano-Shields
Your Own Abyss by Malina Douglas

Shortlisted stories will now go through to the final round of judging.
The winner will be announced by the end of the week.