Welcome to the University of Sunderland in Association with Waterstones Short Story Award 2018

Announcing the winners! Thank you to everyone who attended our lovely ceremony at Waterstones, Sunderland tonight and everyone who made it happen. Winning writers will be contacted shortly. Photos to follow.
1st Tamsyn Christie – This World
2nd Grace Noakes – The Big Bad Wolf
3rd Olivia Hill – The Wind Said Thank You
1st Alex Mullen – Sweet Things
2nd Sandra Arnold – Under the Southern Cross
3rd Jen Harvey – Jump


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 is now out! There will be four Highly Commended stories added shortly. Do keep checking. The quality of work this year was wonderful, with such a range of stories that entertained and moved us.

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.

Shortlist – Short Story Award 2018


Each of Us Drowning At Sea – Yvonne Battle-Felton

Sweet Things – Alexandra Scarlett Mullen

Under the Southern Cross – Sandra Arnold

Jump – Jennifer Harvey

Set Fire To Me – Jess Hector

If I’m Whispering – Cliff Kitney

Bev’s Hat – Pippa Gladhill

A Note Unsaid – Michael Holloway

No Man is an Island – Ashley Thorpe

Just Like Humans – Chris Sewart

Highly Commended: Bryan Blears, Pauline Plummer



Fossils – Alissa Bonnett

Kaddish Yatom – Iona Adams

The Purge – Ebun Bello

This World – Tamsyn Christie

The Big Bad Wolf – Grace Noakes

In Memory of May – Rowan Maddock

The Wind Said Thank You – Olivia Hill

Letters of Love – Maria Clark

The Wedding Shroud – Ailsa Jones

Land Meets Sea – Grace Murray

Highly Commended: Bekure Woldeyesus; Téa Sand 

Finally, we’re very pleased to be receive support by @SunderlanLitAid who have provided us with 10 copies of A River of Stories by Jan Piénkowski to distribute to all those shortlisted in the 11-17 category,



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!