Longlist announced for the 2017 OWT short fiction prize 2

We have a longlist! It’s a slightly longer long list than initially intended because we ran out of time and couldn’t resolve all our arguments – narrowing 300 entries down to 40 was tough enough, and narrowing 40 down to 30 would have taken at least another week.

First, let me say a massive thank you to everyone who entered: it’s been a delight reading such an amazing variety of writing, and it’s been really hard to select just 40 pieces to go forward to the next stage of judging. Many of our choices came down to subjective factors: there are stories we couldn’t fit onto the longlist that I’m sure will find success in other markets.

However, for all the stories we’re sorry to lose at this stage, we’re thrilled with the quality of work we have left. The list features experienced, many-times published and prize-winning authors, but also includes many exciting new voices. We have stories from almost every continent in the world. The next round of judging won’t get any easier, but we’ll be announcing a shortlist of 12 on April 12th.

Congratulations to the following authors who have been longlisted for the 2017 Online Writing Tips Short Fiction Prize:

  1. Lucas Aresin
  2. Sudha Balagopal
  3. Carol Bruer
  4. Jeff Burd
  5. Laura Cardona
  6. Peter Chawaga
  7. Jules Ross Davidson
  8. William Dickey
  9. Darrel Duckworth
  10. Jacqueline Elliott
  11. Joe Giordano
  12. Stephanie Gorniak
  13. Anita Goveas
  14. Sleiman El Hajj
  15. Rinat Harel
  16. Nada Holland
  17. Yana Kertes
  18. Hannah Kubiak
  19. Alaric Lejano
  20. Margaret Lesh
  21. Nathan Alling Long
  22. Paige Lowe
  23. Rebecca Lukowski
  24. Mathabo Masilela
  25. Jill Campbell Mason
  26. Liam Mason
  27. Douglas W. Milliken
  28. Mike Pearcy
  29. Melanie Rees
  30. David Sexton
  31. James Smith
  32. Krystal Song
  33. Eric Taylor
  34. Ian Thompson
  35. Norman Turrell
  36. Mark Webber
  37. Hannah Whiteoak
  38. D.K. Whittaker
  39. Lynette Willoughby
  40. Linda Xia


  1. It’s excellent that you go to the trouble of a long list then a short list. It allows writers to see any progress they are making in their work – even if you don’t go on to win. I am reluctant to enter competitions that do not respect writers enough to do this. Well done!


    • Thanks, Mike. This year every story on our long list could win a competition or appear in print. The tough thing is that there were still many good ones we had to leave out. We’ll eventually choose our top three for the cash prizes, and of course that choice will be a subjective one. But we hope that every author on the list (and particularly those who are newer to publishing their writing) will be encouraged to keep sending their work out.


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