TSS Publishing


Short Story Competition in partnership with Liars’ League:


Our judges have deliberated, cogitated and digested, and would like to offer their hearty congratulations to the authors of the top three stories named (in no particular order) below!

  • Day of Skulls                                                by Simon Sylvester
  • Mustard Moon                                               by Sarah Evans
  • The Special Circumstances of Mr Oakeshott     by Paul Currion
The winning story will be revealed at the competition event on Tuesday 11th July, starting at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm), when it will be read alongside the two runners-up by our marvellous actors. Who will triumph? Will it be spectating skulls, wandering words, or OAPs with antlers?
You’ll have to come along to find out … Click here for the Facebook event and further details.
The night will also feature an interview with the winning author(s) by Rupert Dastur, plus the famous Liars’ League book quiz and loads of Jelly Babies. Tickets cost £5 on the door (cash only, no advance booking) and seating is unreserved – so it’s a good idea to get there a bit ahead of time if you want a good table.
Accessibility note: access to the basement bar is via stairs – there’s no lift, alas. 

The venue is downstairs at:
The Phoenix
37 Cavendish Square

(The Phoenix is five minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube station, which is on the Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines). Map here.

P.S. Because they were so good, we’ve decided to award the shortlisted authors of the three stories below consolatory prizes of free entry to the event, plus a Liars’ League anthology of their choice: we hope to see them – and you – on Tuesday 11th!

  • Fillet                                                             by Liz Wride
  • Heads                                                           by Jason Jackson
  • Monsieur de Paris                                           by Matt Lovett




We’re delighted to announce that the quality and number of the submissions to our short story competition have obliged us to come up with a longlist before we can whittle them down to a shortlist … so hearty congratulations to the authors of the stories listed below (in no particular order).

Check back on Monday 26th June to find out which stories have made the shortlist, and the three top stories will be announced on Monday July 3rd!



  • Day of Skulls                                                by Simon Sylvester
  • Fillet                                                            by Liz Wride
  • A New Purana                                               by Victoria Bird
  • Heads & Tales                                               by Ben Hopwood
  • After the Talk                                                by Peter Higgins
  • M                                                                 by Jacqueline Downs
  • The Box Trick                                                by Joanne L. M. Williams
  • Top End Bottom End                                      by Magnus Nelson
  • Heads                                                           by Jason Jackson
  • Monsieur de Paris                                           by Matt Lovett
  • Mustard Moon                                                by Sarah Evans
  • The Last Roman                                             by Tom Heaton
  • The Special Circumstances of Mr Oakeshott      by Paul Currion
  • One Head, Many Tales                                    by Fiona Salter
  • Once Upon a Hairy Tail                                   by Juno Baker