We're back with the international Willesden Herald 2016 New Short Stories competition. Our next publication will be "Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 9". We plan to publish the book in time for Christmas 2016. Please send us your best short stories. We look forward to reading them. Thanks. Ed.
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The pristine one-off mug, inscribed "Willesden Short Story Prize 2016"
New Short Stories with Liars’ League

We are pleased and not a little excited to announce the judge for the international Willesden Herald New Short Stories 2016 competition.

Katy Darby’s short fiction has won various prizes, been read on BBC Radio 4, and appeared in magazines and anthologies including Stand, Mslexia, Slice, The London Magazine and the Arvon/Daily Telegraph Anthology. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University and an MA in Creative Writing from UEA, where she won the David Higham Award. Her first novel, The Unpierced Heart, is published by Penguin (Fig Tree). She is a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at City University, is Literary Editor of .Cent and a former editor of Litro magazine, and co-founded and directs the award-winning short story event Liars’ League (

There’s nothing that Katy doesn’t know about short stories, especially since Liars’ League recently celebrated its 100th themed live event, in possibly her 100th costume. Liars’ League has given their first break to dozens of new and up-and-coming writers, with their stories brought to life by a company of superb actors. For a fiver you can catch the show every first Tuesday of the month Downstairs at the Phoenix, Cavendish Square in London’s West End.
Liars’ League is a long-running, award-winning, globe-spanning short story night where professional actors read new work by emerging authors. Our motto is “Writers write. Actors read. Audience listens. Everybody wins.” – and to date we’ve performed over 500 stories in front of our lively, literature-loving London audience. We’ve worked with Granta Magazine, BBC Radio 4, the National Gallery, the Society of Authors, the Bloomsbury Institute, Influx Press, Litcrawl London, Wilderness Festival, Spread the Word and Arachne Press, with whom we’ve published three anthologies (one award-winning). We look forward to putting the fizz into live fiction at the Willesden Herald New Short Story winners’ event.
Willesden Herald New Short Stories 2016
Entry is via and costs £5 or equivalent in your local currency.  After costs the prize fund is divided equally between the ten short-listed contributors to New Short Stories 9. You also get two copies of the book and a chance to hear your fiction brought to life by professional actors at the results/launch event. The overall winner as chosen by Katy Darby will also receive the much sought after one-off Willesden Herald mug and a bottle of bubbly courtesy of Liars' League. For how to enter and more about the books, results/launch event, history, pictures, videos and links, please visit
Willesden Herald NEW SHORT STORIES
The story so far

Judge: Zadie Smith
Joint 1st prize to “Dodie’s Gift” by Vanessa Gebbie and “Secure” by Mikey Delgado

View 2006 results in full

Read “Secure” by Mikey Delgado on The Guardian website

Judge: Zadie Smith
1st prize to “Kid in a Well” by Willie Davis

View 2007 results in full

Read “Kid in a Well” by Willie Davis on The Guardian website

Judge: Rana Dasgupta
1st prize to “Work” by Jo Lloyd

View 2009 results in full

Judge: Richard Peabody
1st prize to “The Architects” by Wena Poon

View 2010 results in full

Judge: Maggie Gee
1st prize to “Out of Season” by Mary O’Shea

View 2011 results in full

Judge: Roddy Doyle
1st prize to “Winter Lambing” by Virginia Gilbert

View 2012 results in full

Judge: David Means
1st prize to “Holidaying with the Megarrys” by Danielle McLaughlin

View 2013 results in full

Judge: Charles Lambert
1st prize to “Ward” by Nick Holdstock

View 2014 results in full

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