The Galley Beggar Press
Short Story Prize


‘Pictures at an exhibition’

The GBP Short Story Prize 2018/19 is currently open to submissions. While it is, we’ll be revisiting last year’s fantastic longlist- and shortlistees, with links to their work.

Our fifth finalist, from the 2017/18 longlist of 10 authors, is America Hart. 

AMERICA HART is the author of into the silence: the fishing story (Red Hen Press, 2014). Born and raised in Colorado, America lived in Boston and New York City before moving to London. She completed her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and became Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at London Metropolitan University, where she designed and directed the MA Creative Writing. Excerpts of America’s novel Aurora have appeared in literary journals such as Blackbox Manifold, Shearsman Magazine, and Stride. She has been the recipient of grants and awards for both her creative and academic work, including grants for fieldwork in Jamaica, Zimbabwe, and Ghana, and a British Council UK–US New Partnership fund. Her current novel Waiting in the Rain: The Blood Notebook is set on a plantation in the US south. America lives in London with her partner Seraphin.

America Hart’s 2017/18 GBP Short Story Prize longlisted story, ‘Pictures at an exhibition’, is available to read here.

You can read our three-question interview with America here.