The 2013 White Review Short Story Prize was awarded on 25 April 2013 to Claire-Louise Bennett for ‘The Lady of the House’. The prize was awarded by Tom McCarthy, who presented a short talk on the vitality and experimental possibilities of the short story format with reference to Felix Feneon and La Revue Blanche.
The eight shortlisted stories for the first annual White Review Short Story Prize are:
– ‘The Lady of the House’, Claire-Louise Bennett
– ‘Popular Mechanics’, Gareth Dickson
– ‘The Story I’m Thinking Of’, Jonathan Gibbs
– ‘The Taxidermist’, Olivia Heal
– ‘Towards White, 1975’, Scott Morris
– ‘The Final Journals of Dr Peter Lurneman’, Luke Neima
– ‘Fairy Tale Ending’, Stacy Patton
– ‘How to be an Astronaut’, J. D. A. Winslow
About The White Review Short Story Prize
The White Review Short Story Prize is an annual short story competition for emerging writers. Made possible by the generous support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation in 2013, the prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in the UK and Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal.
The judges will be looking for short stories that explore and expand the possibilities of the form. We encourage submissions from all literary genres, and there are no restrictions on theme or subject matter. We would only emphasise that the prize was founded to reward ambitious, imaginative and innovative approaches to creative writing.
In addition to the £2,500 prize, the winner will be published in a quarterly print issue of The White Review. Writers to have been published by The White Review include László Krasznahorkai, Peter Stamm, Joshua Cohen, César Aira, Deborah Levy, Francesco Pacifico, D. W. Wilson, Helen DeWitt, Nicola Barker, Greg Baxter, and many others.
The winner will have the chance to meet with jury member and literary agent Karolina Sutton to discuss their writing, plans for future work and possible routes to publication.
Shortlisted writers will have their work published online and receive feedback from the editors of The White Review.
We are delighted to have assembled a prestigious panel of judges to decide the award.
Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of highly praised novels including Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography and Billy and Girl. Her latest novel Swimming Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.
Alex Bowler is editorial director at Jonathan Cape. He has edited Tom McCarthy, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes, Audrey Niffenegger, Kevin Barry and Grant Morrison.
Karolina Sutton is a senior agent at Curtis Brown. She notably represents Siri Hustvedt, Haruki Murakami and D. W. Wilson.