CSSP 2017




The inaugural Cambridge Short Story Prize is now OPEN to entries.The closing date is 31st October 2017.

This is an international short story prize and we welcome entries from every corner of the globe.

There will be a £1500 prize fund, a local Cambridge Prize, and all shortlisted writers will be published in an anthology.


  • SUBMISSION PERIOD: 1st September – 31st October 2017
  • WORD LENGTH: 1,500 – 3,000 (including title)
  • ENTRY FEE: £8 (Via PayPal only)
  • PRIZES: £1000 (1st)  £300 (2nd)  £200 (3rd) & Local Cambridge Prize with Spilling the Ink
  • PUBLICATION: Anthology publication for the winners and shortlisted writers.

The longlist will be announced in early January.




Katy Darby:  Katy studied English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford and took her MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she received the David Higham Award. Her fiction has been read on BBC Radio, and she has published stories in magazines including SliceMslexia and The London Magazine, as well as winning prizes in several international fiction competitions (Fish, Arvon and Bridport, among others). Her first novel, The Whores’ Asylum, was published by Fig Tree (Penguin) in February 2012. She teaches Short Story Writing and Novel Writing at City University and co-runs the monthly live fiction event Liars’ League. She lives in London. Read our interview with Katy here.



Rupert Dastur: Rupert is a writer, editor, and founder of TSS Publishing. He studied English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and has edited several magazines. His own fiction has appeared online and in print, most recently / forthcoming in Bath Flash Fiction Anthology 2017, Flash the International Flash Fiction Magazine 10.2, and The National Flash Fiction Anthology 2017. He is also a short fiction reviewer, has supported several short story and flash projects, and is the Associate Editor at The Word Factory.




Joanna Campbell: Joanna’s short stories have been published in a range of literary magazines and in anthologies from Cinnamon Press, Spilling Ink, Earlyworks Press, Unbound Press, Sentinel Publishing, Gumbo Press, Chapter One Promotions, Leaf Press and Biscuit Publishing, as well as The Salt Anthology of New Writing 2013, the 2013 & 2014 Rubery Book Award anthologies and Bristol Short Story Prize  anthologies. Shortlisted six times for the Bridport, three times for the Fish Prize, she also came second in the 2011 Scottish Writers Association’s contest. In 2012 she was shortlisted in Mitchelstown Literary Society’s William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen competition and runner-up in 2013. Her solo collection was also shortlisted for the Flannery O’Connor Award. Her stories have won the 2011 Exeter Writers competition, the 2013 Bath Short Story Award Local Prize and the 2015 London Short Story Prize. In January 2016, Ink Tears published her short story collection, When Planets Slip Their Tracks, which was shortlisted for The International Rubery Book Award 2016 and also longlisted for The 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Read our interview with Joanna here.






Previous Winners of TSS Short Story Competitions

Where applicable, placed, shortlisted, and longlisted writers are also mentioned.

Sean Lusk: ‘A Flood in Yucatan’ (chapbook publication)

Scott D. Pomfret: ‘When Customs Were Different’ 

Joanna Campbell: ‘Destination Unknown’ 

Sarah Isaac: ‘Escargot Africains’ 

Melanie Napthine: ‘Count Backwards from Twenty’

Anna Nazarova-Evans: ‘Creator’s Mistake’

Anne Corbett: ‘The Bone Child’

Catherine McNamara: ‘They Came From the East’

Tina Gibbard: ‘Bloomsbury Redux’

John Rutter: ‘Looks Like Rain’

Michael Thompson: ‘Making a Mojito’