Short Story Longlist 2022

It’s time to announce the longlist for our Best Short Story for Children or Young Adults Competition 2022.

Congratulations to our incredible longlistees and to everyone who entered. Our reading team enjoyed a wide variety of stories, from quirky animal adventures for pre-schoolers to cool science fiction for young adults. Your stories were brilliant! Once again, the standard was exceptionally high and many stories only just missed being on the longlist. You are all great writers – keep going!

Best Short Story for Children or Young Adults 2022


A Christmouse Competition


Chickens and Fresh Starts


Guess What?


How the Flowers Grow

In the Silence, the Curlew Calls


Lost (By AT)

My Little Box of Big Feelings

No Choice


The Boggart and the Four Coins

The Ice Pact

The Path is Red

The Secret to Climbing Trees

Thirteen Elephants On An Aeroplane

Wee Girl

Witch Wars

Our highly regarded judge, literary agent Chloe Seager, will now read the longlisted entries and decide the top 10 stories, including an overall winner. Results will be published on 20th June.

If you’re one of our longlistees, feel free to shout from the rooftops but please don’t identify the title of your story on social media while judging continues. Best of luck!

Thank you all for sharing your marvellous stories with us. We hope to read your writing again soon.

Published in
3 May 2022
Last Updated
3 May 2022