We're thrilled to reveal the shortlist for the inaugural W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize! We had well over 200 entries and the quality of writing was some of the highest we've seen. It was heartening to see this prize resonate with so many writers and we're looking forward to coming back next year with another brilliant prize. 

Without further ado, we're pleased to announce the shortlisted entries. We thoroughly enjoyed dipping our toes into the stories – from a war-torn Nepal to the surface of Pluto – and we certainly don't envy the mammoth task of deciding a winner.

Thankfully our judge Natasha Carthew will be doing the deciding. 

In no particular order, the five shortlisted stories are:

PlutoshineLucy Kissick 

Mystic TreatsMeron Berhanu

The FootsloggersRobin Richards

Bruise Adrian Markle 

The Red Moon Trails – Nabin K Chhetri 

All our shortlisted writers will receive a copy of the latest edition of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook as well as one of our Writing Companion Guide series. 

The winner will also receive a critique on their writing from best-selling author Natasha Carthew, including a phone call/Skype to discuss your next steps as a writer as well as a complimentary place at one of our one-day How To Get Published events. 

Keep your eyes peeled in early August, when we will be announcing our winner. 

Thank you to everyone who entered and we'll be back in 2020 with another prize.