The Cambridge Short Story Prize, 2018

The Cambridge Short Story Prize 2018 is now closed. Please do not send us your story as it will not be read.

The longlist will be announced on 15th March 2019.

This is an international short story prize and we welcome entries from every corner of the globe.

There is a £1750 prize fund and all shortlisted writers will be published in an anthology.

In celebration with our links to the Dhaka Literary Festival, we will also be offering FREE entry to anyone resident in Bangladesh with a prize of £250 for the best short story from these submissions.


  • Submission Period: 15th November – 15th January 2019
  • Word Length: 2,000 – 3,000 (including title)
  • Entry Fee: £8 (Via PayPal only) & Free for residents of Bangladesh.
  • Prizes: £1000 (1st)  £300 (2nd)  £200 (3rd). £250 CSSP Bangladesh Prize.
  • Publication: Anthology publication for the winners and shortlisted writers.

The Judges

Angela ReadmanAngela Readman’s short story collection Don’t Try This at Home won The Rubery Book Award and was shortlisted in the Edge hill Prize (2015.) Her stories have won The Costa Short Story Award, The Mslexia Competition and The National Flash Fiction Award. She also writes poetry, her latest collection The Book of Tides  was published by Nine Arches (2016.) In January 2019 her debut novel Something like Breathing is coming out with And Other Stories.

C. G. Menon was born in Australia and now lives in London. She has won the Bare Fiction Prize, the Leicester Writes Prize, The Short Story Award, the Asian Writer Prize, The TBL Short Story Award and the Winchester Writers Festival award. She’s been shortlisted for the Fish short story prize, the Bridport prize and the Short Fiction Journal awards, as well as the Willesden Herald, Rubery and WriteIdea prizes and the Fiction Desk Newcomer award. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies and broadcast on radio, and she’s also been a member of several prestigious short story competition judging panels. She has a PhD in pure mathematics and is currently studying for a creative writing MA at City University. She’s also working on her first novel, set in 1980s Malaysia Her collection of short stories, SubjunctiveMoods, was published by Dhalia Publishing earlier this years.

Rupert DasturRupert Dastur is a writer, editor, and tutor. He studied English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he fell in love with short fiction. His own work is in a range of places online and in print. He has supported several short story projects and anthologies and is the founder of TSS Publishing.