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London Independent Story Prize is a not-for-profit organisation. The entry fees go towards the submission reading costs and also to help to ensure the future viability of the London Independent Story Prize and the organisation’s other activities, such as online publishing, print publishing and educational events. 

Thank you for your support to keep LISP Independent.

Award Lists of the London Independent Story Prize for 2024 can be found via this link. Click Here.

We offer 25 free entries for UK writers who are on a low income – for example receiving benefits such as Job Seeker’s Allowance, Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit, Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance please email us (your name-postal address- email and a short letter about you and how you meet the criteria) for free entry. Please note that this is only for Creative Writing Categories (Flash Fiction-Short Story-Poetry-StagePlay)  . Writers must approach us at least two weeks before the final deadline.

How to Enter

Please make sure you've read the Policies , Terms&Conditions , submitting this competition will mean that you accept our conditions.

Have your entry file on your computer and ready for submission. Acceptable file types are doc Word documents for Short Story and Flash Fiction. And for Screenplays PDF is fine. The file name must be the title of your piece. If your work does not have a title, then the file name must be the first three words of your piece. 

If you fail to match the word count stated for each category, unfortunately, your submission will be disqualified. 

Pay using your PayPal account or using your Credit/Debit card. If you fail to finalise the payment, unfortunately, your submission will be disqualified.

If you need any assistance please contact us:  

We're open to simultaneous submissions. 

LISP accepts only unpublished stories. If your story gets published after you submit it, you need to withdraw it from LISP. 



Entrants must be 18 years or over.

Entry is open to everyone, nationally and internationally.

All entries can only be made by the work's individual author. Please see 7 and 8 for Translations and Joint Authorship.

Entries must have been unpublished in print or online, or not been broadcast. 

Entries can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. They must also be for adult or young adult readers who are over 13 years old. 

Authors retain full worldwide copyright throughout.

Translated works: Applications can only be made by the writer, not the translator. However, the translator's name needs to be mentioned as the 'Translator'. The translator does not share the price money -this decision is up to the author and translator's private agreement. However, the name of the translator needs to be mentioned in the announcement, as being the translator of the winning (or long-listed) story.

Joint authorship: Joint authorship only counted if the work has been created together, not writing support, which will count as editing, proofreading, or translating or any similar support; but only in creating the story. Both writers have to agree that this is a joint work of them and they also agree on which writer will be the representative writer during the process, before submitting. Any doubts or complaints from any writer will cause the story/screenplay to be disqualified. The application needs to proceed with only one writer, therefore that writer will be representing both writers. The fee should be paid by this representing writer, and therefore the prize money will be paid to this representing writer. It is the representing writer's responsibility to share the prize money with the joint writer. Before submitting, all the conditions above must be read and agreed upon by both writers. (We do not give credit to the Editors or Proofreaders.)

Maximum length: Flash Fiction: 300 words, title excluded. Short Story 3000 Words. Short Screenplay 30 Pages. Feature Screenplay has no page limit.

Entries should be typed in a plain legible font, the 11pt font is suggested.

Entries will be read and judged anonymously. Please do not put your name, address, email, telephone number or any personally identifying information on any page.

If the piece has no title, then its first three words must be used as the title.

The acceptable file type is the doc.

The file name must be the title of your piece. If your piece does not have a title, then the file name must be its first three words.

Entry is online via LISP website or FilmFreeway. We do not accept postal entries.

No major corrections or alterations can be made after entries have been received.

Entry is open as stated on the calendar. The current closing date is at Midnight on our Calender.

There is no limit to the number of entries any single entrant may make.

Entries are acknowledged by your receiving of a PayPal receipt.

The standard fee vary according to the category and the entry date, please see the list above. 

Submissions must be paid for via the PayPal buttons on this site. Payment can be made using your PayPal account or via Credit/Debit card option on the PayPal page.

Refunds: Unfortunately we can't offer refund. 

The full list of Awards and the results of the competition will be announced on the London Independent Story Prize website.

Entry constitutes acceptance of all London Independent Story Prize Rules, Terms and Conditions, and Privacy Policies. Entries that fail to comply with rules, terms and conditions, privacy policies and requirements will be disqualified. No correspondence can be entered into, Judges’ decisions are final.




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