DOWN TO THE RIVER TO PRAY longlisted for LitRejections Short Story Prize

2016 Short Story Prize


LitRejections Short Story Prize Longlist Announced

Our inaugural story prize welcomed submissions from writers around the world for the chance to win cash prizes and publication on our website, a site with over 100 million web hits.

We really wanted to read your stories and bring your voice to a wider audience of readers, agents, publishers, authors, and the many leading figures from all of the other creative industries, who regularly visit our website

We were overwhelmed with the quality of entries from around the world. This meant choosing a final longlist of 10 has been extremely challenging. But we now have our longlist of 10 great short stories.

Here is our longlist in alphabetical order of story title.

Top 3 Prize Winners Announcement

The top 3 prize winners will be announced on our website on 25th July 2016.

Those from the longlist will remain on our website.

The winning short story will be published on our website on 1st August 2016.

NEW COUNTRY shortlisted for TLC PEN FACTOR competition 2015

“The TLC Pen Factor was superb.  I was delighted to be shortlisted in the first place, particularly given the quality and diversity of competition.  It seems like no time at all since New Country was an idea scribbled in the back of a notebook. Fast forward and suddenly I’m on stage pitching to a panel of industry movers and shakers.  Their considered feedback was excellent, particularly in terms of how to “elevator pitch” a novel which very much blurs the boundaries of genre.  I was familiar with some of the panel from previous writing events but that didn’t make the experience any less daunting.  There was encouragement, constructive criticism and a real sense of perspective on the expectations of the marketplace.  Surreal, nerve wracking and absolutely worthwhile pretty much sums the whole experience up.”

Full article and event reading:


Extract from NEW COUNTRY published in COLLAGES anthology (CCWC, 2013)

Twenty-one short stories and novel extracts showcase new writing talent.  From coming of age in 1960s England, through a circus trapeze artist’s last show, a Sri Lankan childhood and a family reunion in Costa Rica to a post-apocalyptic London, these stories form a fascinating collage of inventiveness and imagination.

Includes Two Against One, an extract from Laurence Jones’s debut novel, NEW COUNTRY.


Available to purchase here.