Longlist announced for the Pin Drop Short Story Award 2018

14 June 2018

We are delighted to announce the longlist for this year’s Pin Drop Short Story Award – an award in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts.

Gwendoline Christie, best known for portraying the warrior Brienne of Tarth in the HBO series Game of Thrones since 2012, and the First Order Stormtrooper Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), will announce and narrate this year’s winning story on 11th July at a special awards ceremony at the RA. The award is judged by Pin Drop Co-founders Elizabeth Day and Simon Oldfield, and the RA’s Director of Artistic Programmes, Tim Marlow.

We received an unprecedented number of submissions this year and are thrilled with our long list, featuring fifteen stories of outstanding quality.


Annabel Banks, Common Codes

Redfern Jon Barrett, Closure

David Butler, Scorched Earth

Kirsty Logan, Everything You Never Knew You Wanted (Plus Wasps)

Nat Luurtsema, Howling Pack of Undesirables

Niamh MacCabe, Steer the Dark Skies Blue

Ava Ming, Good Hair

Tabitha Alice Potts, The Edge

Anthony Quinn, Trick Bag

Stefanie Seddon, Breaking Horses in Waiuta

Kathryn Simmonds, Social Smoker

Stuart Snelson, Space Invaders

Maria Thomas, Lucky

Sophie Ward, Sunbed

Asif Zubairy, Playing God

The winner will be announced at a special event on 11th July. Read more here.