Welcome to the University of Sunderland in Association with Waterstones Short Story Award 2017

Thank you to all the entrants and everyone who took the time to be interested in our competition. The winner is amongst the titles below …

The shortlist will be out on 30 April, from which Professor Ailsa Cox of Edge Hill University will be choosing this year’s winners. Our awards ceremony will be on the 30 May in Waterstones (The Bridges, Sunderland), 4-6pm, where there will be free refreshments and readings. We’ll also be joined by Bandit Fiction, who will be publishing two special edition print runs of shortlisted and winning entries. As well as our cash prizes, we also have some lovely gifts from local businesses on offer. All welcome.

Quick note: as the stories are judged anonymously, please feel free to shout about it if you are in the longlist, but don’t include the title of your story as yet. Thank you!


Adult Category

Sweet Things

Playing Suicide Chess

It’s All JJ’s Fault


Mr Singer’s Empire

Mrs West

Accident Helpline

Under the Southern Cross

Leaving Do

North by Northwest

There Where The Trees Are

The Woman Who Ran

Broken Blood


Just Like The First

While I Was Dancing



Letting Go


My Father’s Hands

A Fat Pig

Life After

Till Death Us Do Part

Set Fire To Me



Open Road

Bonny Bits

If I’m Whispering

The Girl On The Metro

Each Of Us Drowning At Sea

A Note Unsaid

A Perfect Day


No Man is an Island

Bev’s Hat

The Blue Line

Eiffel Tower

English as a Foreign Language



Fish Don’t Fly


Just Like Humans

Kingfisher Bridge

Life is Grand

Local Delicacies

Locked Out



Rory’s Pills and Veg

The Apricot Tree


Younger Category

A Twisted Truth

Flightless Bird



Kaddish Yatom

The Feeling of Not Feeling


The Purge

The Grand Jackpot

Fear of Yourself

This World

The Big Bad Wolf

Wake Up

A Moment to Remember

The Sand and the Sea

In Memory of May

The Wind Said Thank you

Letters of Love

Land Meets Sea

The Wedding Shroud

The System

The Living City And The Man That Felt Its Beat

The Hope of a Country Girl




International and multiple submissions are welcomed!