The Galley Beggar Press
Short Story Prize 2017/18 

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‘The Land of Nod’

The GBP Short Story Prize 2017/18 longlist was announced on 5 January 2018.

Our tenth finalist, in a longlist of 10 authors, is John Steciuk.

JOHN STECIUK is a writer of darkly comic literary fiction from Manchester in the UK. 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. Whilst the townsfolk toil, the diabolical landlord Selach pulls the strings – until at last, the first flickers of rebellion are ignited…

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

You can read our three-question interview with John here