Applications Open: 2012 Litro & IGGY International Short Story Award for Young Writers

This competition has now closed and we are no longer accepting entries. Best of luck to all those who entered. The shortlist has been announced and we will announce the winner on 15 October.

Inspiring, encouraging and acknowledging the creativity of young people is a common goal for London-based Litro magazine and the International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) at the University of Warwick. Litro & IGGY are pleased to announce that the International Short Story Award for Young People will be held again in 2012.

The Award is funded by alumni from the University of Warwick, and is open to young people from around the world aged 11-19. In addition to a cash prize of £2,500 the winner will also be published in Litro magazine and see excerpts of their work displayed on a poster in a London Underground station.

The illustrious panel of judges for the 2012 award include internationally acclaimed authors Chika Unigwe, Gemma Weekes, Will Eaves and Damian Barr.


  • You must be 11-19 years of age
  • Your entry must be no more than 3,000 words in length
  • This year we’re looking for a story with an “international” theme, a purposefully broad theme to allow writers to be creative. You can include aspects of your own culture or write about a character’s cross-cultural experience.
  • The deadline for entries is 24 July 2012
  • Submit your entry here


  • The long list of nominated writers will be announced on 5 September 2012
  • The shortlist of six writers will be announced on 14 September 2012
  • The winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony in London at the end of October 2012

Commenting on the announcement of the award, Litro founder Eric Akoto said:

“It is great news that the Award will be going ahead again in 2012 and is a mark of the success of the 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 talent of its writers and it’s exciting to think of who and what we might discover through this Award.”