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2020 saw our first short-form prizes, and we were amazed to receive hundreds of entries from all over the world!

 It’s heartening to find so many different takes on the thriller genre, with so many individual styles and such diverse settings.

And all without violence to women!

CONGRATULATIONS to winner Laura Stanley and to all our shortlisted writers!

The longlisted authors can be found below the shortlist.

Short Story Shortlist

Hayley Magrill


Hayley lives in Canada and has previously published short stories in Mojave He[art] Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, and The Cabinet of Heed.

Malia Márquez

A House So Beautiful

Malia Márquez was born in New Mexico and grew up in New England. Her first novel, Catamount, is forthcoming from Acre Books in 2021.

Susan Morritt

I’ve Got The Sauce, If You’ve Got The Pasta

Susan is a writer, visual artist, and musician (mandolin, violin and piano) from Waterford, Ontario, Canada. In the past, she spent many years training racehorses and is presently still working with livestock.

Gabrielle Rupert


Gabrielle is a marine biology graduate student at San Francisco State University. Her works span a specific universe, and she has two other stories in this world: Ice Carvings“, Pif Magazine (2017), and “Cryomythology”, Transfer Magazine (2020)

Laura Stanley

Mrs Hawkins and The Orchard

Laura has just graduated in English with Creative Writing from the University of Nottingham, and is now studying for a Master’s at the University of Birmingham.

Judy Upton

The Lion

Judy is an award-winning writer with plays produced by The Royal Court and National Theatre in London, and BBC Radio 4.

Short Story Longlist

Dalia Dehnavi  –   Anything In This Country

Neal Amandus Gellaco  –  The Mechanic

Raymond Lee  –  Carson McLure, Senior Sales Associate

Mark Putzi  –  Another Day

Polly Sharpe  –  No Place Like Home

Melissa Yi  –  My Two-Legs