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The London Magazine launches short story competition

England's oldest literary periodical is on the hunt for fresh talent.

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William Boyd has been published in The London Magazine. Photo: Getty Images.

The London Magazine has announced a competition to find the best short stories in English from around the globe.

The competition will be judged by a panel of novelists, journalists and editors, including Cathy Galvin, the founder of The Story Salon and Alison MacLeod, author of the novel The Changeling. There is to be a prize fund of £1000, a prestigious award ceremony and the opportunity to be published in the magazine - both in print and online.

The London Magazine is England’s oldest literary periodical. With a history stretching back to 1732, it has published a wide range of writers over the years, from Wordsworth and Shelley through to T S Eliot and Evelyn Waugh. Recent decades have seen the magazine publish stories and poems by writers such as William Boyd, Nadine Gordimer and Derek Walcott. The magazine is committed to continuing this tradition by discovering and promoting the foremost writers of the future.

“This year The London Magazine is celebrating its two hundred and eightieth anniversary. The short story competition is part of the magazine's imperative to promote and showcase the best new writing,” said Steven O’Brien, the magazine’s editor. 

The closing date is 26 October 2012 for postal entries and 31 October 2012 for email entries. The winners will be announced at The London Magazine Winter Party at the House of Commons on 22 January 2013.