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We were once again encouraged by the quality and variety of submissions received, and this shortlist was only arrived at after long and difficult discussion among the editorial team, with many stories only reluctantly omitted. Thank you to everyone who entered. 


Please join us for the announcement of the winner at

The Horse Hospital

Thursday 21 April | 6.30 - 11 p.m.

The winner will be announced at a party on 21 April at the Horse Hospital. To reserve a space for the party please RSVP to or via Facebook. The announcement will be made at 7.30 p.m. There will be drinks before and music afterwards. There will be a tab behind the bar; if you want a free drink get there early. Entry is £2, free to subscribers.

The White Review Short Story Prize is an annual short story competition for emerging writers. Made possible by the generous support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation in 2013, the prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in the UK and Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. The winner will have the chance to meet with jury member and literary agent Imogen Pelham to discuss their writing, plans for future work and possible routes to publication.

In 2013, the novelist Tom McCarthy awarded the prize to Claire-Louise Bennett; in 2014 Adam Thirlwell presented it to Ruby Cowling and in 2015 Ned Beauman presented it to Owen Booth. In addition to the £2,500 prize, the winner will be published in a quarterly print issue of The White Review. Writers to have been published by The White Review include László Krasznahorkai, Nicola Barker, Chris Kraus, Greg Baxter, Peter Stamm, Joshua Cohen, César Aira, Deborah Levy, Francesco Pacifico, D. W. Wilson, Helen DeWitt and many others.
We are delighted to have assembled a prestigious panel of judges to decide the award.

EIMEAR McBRIDE was born in 1976. She is the author of A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING, which won the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize, was shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize and won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014. Her second novel, THE LESSER BOHEMIANS, will be published in 2016 by Faber & Faber.

IMOGEN PELHAM is a literary agent at Marjacq Scripts.

SIMON PROSSER is the publishing director at Hamish Hamilton. His authors include Lydia Davis, Deborah Levy, Haru Kunzru, Paul Murray, Ali Smith and Zadie Smith.

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