Applications Open: 2011 Litro & IGGY International Short Story Award for Young People

This competition has now closed and we are no longer accepting entries. Best of luck to all those who entered. We will announce the winner in September.

* Due to high demand, the deadline has been extended to 27 July 2011.
* Due to a higher than expected volume of applicants, the shortlist will be announced after 12 September.

Litro & IGGY award

Inspiring, encouraging and acknowledging the creativity of young people is a common goal for the London-based Litro Magazine and Warwick University’s International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY). We are proud to announce that the Litro & IGGY International Short Story Award for Young Writers will be held again this year.

The Award is funded by Warwick University alumni and is open to young people from all over the world aged 11-19. In addition to a cash prize of £2,500, the winner will be published in Litro Magazine and see parts of their work displayed on a poster in a London Underground station. The winner and two runners-up will also have their story published online on Litro and on the IGGY website.

The illustrious panel of judges for this year includes the internationally acclaimed author Abdelkader Benali, poet Sabrina Mahfouz, George Ttoouli from Warwick University’s CAPITAL (Creativity and Performance in Teaching and Learning) Centre, and Cathy Galvin, 
Deputy Editor of the
 Sunday Times Magazine.

Abdelkader Benali and Sabrina Mahfouz:

  • The competition will kick off in March. The deadline for entries is 25 July 2011.
  • A shortlist of six entrants will be announced on 5 September 2011, with the winner being announced at the award ceremony at the end of October.
  • Entries should be no more than 2,500 words.

Commenting on the announcement of the award, Litro founder and editor in chief, Eric Akoto, said, “It is great news that the award will be going ahead again in 2011 and is a mark of the success of entrants from last year’s event. The award is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring young writers to showcase their talent and to be recognised for their literary creativity. We are delighted to be partnering again with IGGY on this. The magazine has thrived because of the creativity and talent of its writers and it’s exciting to think of who and what we might discover through this award.”

Ian Rowley, Warwick University’s Director of Development, Communication and Strategy, added, “IGGY is all about providing opportunity for talent to flourish, and we’re delighted to work with Litro on launching this exciting new prize. The judges of last year’s Litro/IGGY Short Story Competition were overwhelmed by the quality of entries and I think this year will be no different. The theme ‘Words Take You Further’ is designed to stimulate ideas and discussion on a very important topic to young people across the world: conflict. I can’t wait to see what the young people produce.”

The email address for submissions is: [email protected]. Please provide your name, age and a contact email address when submitting.