2020 Short Story Prize

Congratulations to the 2020 Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize winners!

1st Prize: The Closed Door 
by Alice Haworth-Booth

2nd Prize: To Those Born Later 
by Kieran Toms

3rd Prize: Fix 
by K. Lockwood Jefford. 

Watch our judges Sharmaine LovegroveHarriet Moore and Chris Power announce the winners, and

Brick Lane Bookshop owner Denise Jones and Short Story Prize Director Kate Ellis thank everyone who made the prize happen.

The 2020 Longlist

Chameleon – Rea Dennhardt
Fix – K. Lockwood Jefford
Night Classes – Lucy Sweeney Bryne
No Phones at the Dinner Table – Jack Houston
Sharing Time – Gemma Reeves
Small Differences – Huma Qureshi
Spiders – Andrea Watts
The Bhootam in the Tree – Rajasree Variyar
The Bread Man – Kevin Dyer
The Closed Door – Alice Haworth-Booth
To Those Born Later – Kieran Toms
Via del Tramvai – Han Smith

PODCAST: Listen to 2020 1st Prize winner Alice Haworth-Booth chat to our bookseller/SSP director Kate Ellis and MIR’s Peter J Coles about her winning story, writing, climate change and books.

Our 2020 Prize Judges

Sharmaine Lovegrove spearheads Dialogue Books, an imprint of Little, Brown.
Dialogue Books is home to stories from illuminating voices often excluded from the mainstream. Its aim is to shine a spotlight on stories for, about and by readers from the LGBTQI+, disability, working class and BAME communities. The imprint has a clear focus of distinctive, cross-genre titles that spark a conversation across fiction, non-fiction, commercial and literary publishing.
Dialogue Books’ authors include Irenosen Okojie, Season Butler and Amer Anwar.

“A short story should be to the point and ambitious and leave the reader with the memory of the story but not aching to find out more. “
Chris Power’s short story collection Mothers was published by Faber in 2018. It was longlisted for the Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. His next book, a novel, will be published in 2021. His column, ‘A Brief Survey of the Short Story’, has appeared in the Guardian since 2007. He lives in Hackney.

“A great short story is one that completely shrinks or expands your world to its parameters, maybe for the duration of reading it, maybe for the rest of your life. It can be about anything, and it can do anything, but for it to be great it needs to take hold of you with tis first word and not let go of you until its last.”
Harriet Moore is a literary agent at David Higham Associates. She represents literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction and poetry. She is looking for writing which has atmosphere, ambition, style and flair with a particular interest in books which are emotionally rigorous. She is drawn to voices which are precise and artful; writing which is both intimate and political; and women thinking hard about other women.
Writers she admires include: Lydia Davies, Joy Williams, Anne Enright, Rachel Cusk, Denise Riley, John Berger, MFK Fisher, Fleur Jaeggy, Jean Rhys, Natalia Ginzburg, Katherine Heiny, Elizabeth Strout, Claudia Rankine, Anne Carson, Jane Bowles, Mary Gaitskill, Laurie Colwin.

“Clarity, energy, unusual and surprising diction; and ‘a moment’ which Flannery O’Connor has described every great story as having, ‘in which the presence of grace can be felt as it waits to be accepted or rejected’.”

The 2020 Long-longlist

A Dirty Hit – Elliot Sweeney
Afterlife – Ella Braidwood
All About Ruby – Erika banerji
Barbie Number One – Estefania Cortes Harker 
Carmine’s Cleaner – Robert Hood
Chameleon – Reena Dennhardt
Chips With Your Shawarma – Loretta Ramkissoon
Cigarette Butts – Rose McGinty
Days and Nights in the Love Machine – Matt Thomas
Descending – Charlotte Tuxworth-Holden
Diving in Firelight – Mashal Iftikhar
First Love and Other Betrayals – Reshma Ruia
Fix – K. Lockwood Jefford
Fox Fur – Mauren Cullen
Grandpa’s Birthday – Alex Jacobs
Handover Notes – Katherine Gutierrez
I Am Not Dead – A Flett
Kumi’s Cake – James Ellis
Leave to Remain – Atiha Sen Gupta
Many Happy Returns – Rachel Belward
Much Too Little – Rachel Cleverly
Nero’s Playground – Theodora Hawlin
Night Classes – Lucy Sweeney Bryne
No Phones at the Dinner Table – Jack Houston
None of This is Normal – Kate Vine
November 1983 – Farès Kheireddine
Of New Churches and Devils – Foday Mannah
Portrait Of Her – Herries Anderton
Services – Jonathan Griffiths 
Seville is Oranges – Louis Parker
Sharing Time – Gemma Reeves
Sink – David Frankel
Small Differences – Huma Qureshi
Spiders – Andrea Watts
The Bhootham in the Tree – Rajasree Variyar
The Bread Man – Kevin Dyer
The Closed Door – Alice Haworth-Booth
The Fall – Judy Birkbeck
The Plasticine Effect – Kate Watson
The Pleasure of Living – Sophia Hinton-Lever
The Processing – Jane Dugdale
The Puckering – Lucie McKnight Hardy
The Rushing of the Wind – Rachel Robinson
The Treatment – Andrea Watts
The Woods – Ben Addy
To Those Born Later – Kieran Toms
Tonight – the Tube of Ten Thousand Blossoms – Han Smith
V Day – Alicia Mietus
Via del Tramvai – Han Smith
Wild Girls, Tender Hearts – Elizabeth Churchill