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Short Story Prize



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 eighth finalist, from the 2017/18 longlist of 10 authors and shortlist of four, is Robert Mason. 

A native of rural Kent, ROBERT MASON graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1976. He then worked as a freelance illustrator, painter, and occasional journalist. He was instrumental in the so-called ‘Radical Illustrators’ group, whose emergence coincided roughly with Punk, and has lectured at scores of art schools in the UK and Ireland. Robert ran the successful BA Illustration course in Norwich, but severed connections with visual art in 2009 to concentrate on writing. This unexpected change was initially bewildering but he now believes that it should have occurred earlier, though there is no objective (or financial) proof of this. Robert lives in a small, East Anglian country town, where he writes, walks, gardens and tries not to think about his neighbours’ political views.

Robert Mason’s 2017/18 GBP Short Story Prize shortlisted story, ‘Curtilage’, is available to read here.

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

For the submissions portal and further information about this year’s prize, head here.