National Short Story Competition 2018

Long List

We’ve now finished the first round of judging and congratulations to everyone who made it onto the Long List. The stories are in alphabetical order. These have now gone on to the next stage of the competition and we hope to have the Short List on the website by the end of this month.

Thank you to everyone who entered.

Story Titles

  • A Family Christmas
  • A Little Time Left
  • A New Vicar for the Dark Peak
  • A Nice Drop O Brandy
  • A View from the Window
  • A Winter’s Day Haunting
  • Autumn – A Time for Dying
  • Autumn Aspirations
  • Breaking Down
  • Christmas Surprise
  • Counting the Season
  • Dancing to Winter’s Tune
  • December Song
  • Falling by Olympia
  • Finding the Right Role
  • Hildegard
  • I Miss Not Receiving
  • In From the Cold
  • In the Bleak Midwinter
  • It was Two Days to Christmas
  • It’s Good to Talk
  • Melting Love
  • Metonic Moon
  • Nothing’s Changed
  • Office Party
  • Out in the Open
  • Penelope
  • Rainy Day
  • Regeneration
  • Resolutions
  • Saturnalia Emailia
  • Seasons
  • Seasons’ Greetings
  • Skeleton in the Cupboard
  • Spring Fever
  • Sting
  • Summer in Marrakech
  • The Apple Picker
  • The Autumn of my Life
  • The Chapel
  • The Chestnut Harvest
  • The Difference a Day Makes
  • The Experiment
  • The In Between Time
  • The Last Snow of Winter
  • The Last Spring by Gwyneth Harper
  • The Last Spring by John Vincent
  • The Lighthouse Keeper
  • The Reunion
  • The Sound of Wolves
  • The Spring Project
  • The Stillness
  • The Strawberry Patch
  • The Summer of 75
  • The Summer of Love
  • The White Witch, A Winter Pantomime
  • Three Old Men
  • Through a Snowflake
  • Tis the Season to be Merry
  • Walter and Winston
  • Where There’s a Will
  • Wilma
  • Winter Season
  • Winter Warmth
  • Winter’s Deceit

Our Judge

Fran worked as a professional librarian before becoming a full-time writer fifteen years ago. She writes regularly for Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly and other magazines both in the UK and internationally. Her first published story appeared in ‘You’ magazine in South Africa. She has won and been runner up in a number of national writing competitions and her work has featured in numerous anthologies, the most recent being ‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn’, a charity anthology for ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ based upon the Ernest Hemmingway very short story.

Fran also writes under a pseudonym, and has had a novella and many stories traditionally published under her alter ego’s name.

She has judged a number of writing competitions and enjoys the always difficult task of deciding upon a winner.

Fran lives in West London with her family and her hobbies include eavesdropping and people-watching – for entirely professional reasons, naturally.