Shortlist announced for the RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award 2017

02 June 2017

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

Dame Penelope Wilton, who is known to millions for her roles across film, stage and television, will announce and narrate this year’s winning story on 23rd June at a special awards ceremony at the Royal Academy of Arts.


Anna Stewart, The Way I Breathed

Anne O’Brien, These Silver Fish

Carol Farrelly, Emergency

Cherise Saywell, Morelia Spilota

Craig Burnett, Feathers Thick With Oil

Douglas W. Milliken, Heart’s Last Pass

Emily Bullock, Freshwater

Honoria Beirne, Rafferty

Jarred McGinnis, Rough Beasts

Joanna Campbell, Brad’s Rooster Food

Melanie Whipman, Undine

Rebecca F. John, Paper Chains

We received an unprecedented number of entries this year, with writing of an incredibly high standard from all around the world. The award, which offers a unique platform for emerging and established writers to showcase their short fiction, is being judged by Pin Drop Co-founders Elizabeth Day and Simon Oldfield, and the RA’s Director of Artistic Programmes, Tim Marlow.

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