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Short Story Prize 


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JOHN STECIUK
‘The Land of Nod’

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 tenth finalist, from the 2017/18 longlist of 10 authors and shortlist of four, is Paul Bassett Davies. 

JOHN STECIUK is from Manchester. In 2017, he graduated with a distinction from the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing MA, where he was a recipient of the Difference Scholarship. For the past five years, John has worked as a teacher of English in South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam and the UK.  His writing has appeared in the UEA Prose Anthology 2017, and he was recently shortlisted for Penguin Random House’s ‘Write Now’ competition and Tulip Tree Publishing’s ‘Stories That Need to Be Told’ contest. John is currently working on his first collection of interlinked stories, The Land of Nod, from which the longlisted story is taken.  The stories take place in a strange, wind-battered town in the post-industrial north of England. 

John Steciuk’s 2017/18 GBP Short Story Prize shortlisted story, ‘The Land of Nod’, is available to read here.

You can read our three-question interview with John here

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