W&A Short Story Competition 2022 - Shortlist Announced!

29th March 2022
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30th March 2022

Thank you to everyone who entered our 2022 short story competition. Over 750 stories were submitted this year, and whittling down to a shortlist was a tough task for our judge Alysoun Owen, Editor of our Yearbooks and author of our Guide to Getting Published companion. 

Decisions had to be made, though, and here is this year's shortlist, made up of nine entries. 

Congratulations to the following writers and their stories! And for those of you that haven't made this year's shortlist we hope that you'll submit an entry next year.


Chapel Hill by Sam Christie

Wee Girl by Miranda Moore

Luckily, Jesus Was A Carpenter by Brian Jeavons

Welcomed and Home by Lu Chieh

Chocolate Frog by Hilary Hughes

Hidden by David Butler

Moonblind by Kieran Marsh

The Light by Molly Kitson

Who Will Remember Meredith Parker? by Olivia Wakeford

The winner and two runners-up will be announced on our site tomorrow (Wednesday 30th March), with each story accompanied by feedback from Alysoun.


More short story opportunities with W&A

For those of you not on this year's shortlist, looking to further develop your short story writing, and/or interested in further competitions with W&A, a few points of interest:

  • A reminder that our site is free to join, holds a huge bank of articles on the writing and publishing process, and comes with the benefit of being able to share your work with a phenomenal community. Support from your writing peers makes all the difference!
  • We run a number of free writing competitions every year so keep your eyes on our Competitions page as well as announcements via our social media accounts or newsletter 
  • You're probably reading this blog because you regularly use our website. If you’d like  to attend The Anatomy of a Short Story, our online masterclass with Sheila Armstrong on her approach to the short story craft taking place on Wednesday 20th April, please use the code SSTORY10 at checkout to reserve your place at a 10% discount*.

W&A Admin

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I look forward to reading the stories. Well done.

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Congratulations to all the shortlisted stories!

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