2017 Short Story

Our theme is:


Announced 10th January

​Our inaugural short story competition has been a truly international occurence with around 60% of entries hailing from as far afield as the US, along with many countries closer to ‘home’ such as Denmark, the UK, France and Spain. Around 40% of our entries ​were from The Woolf’s local stomping ground in Switzerland.

​​The authors of the long-listed stories are published below. Story titles will remain under wraps until​ our judge, Anne Korkeakivi, has completed the final assessment.

Long-listed authors, in alphabetical order, are:

Preston Bailey

Jennifer Copley

Christina Cain

ES Dinning

Benjamin Francis

Delaney Green

Alex Hintermann

Jonathan Huston

Thomas Lehn

Louise Mangos

Daphne Martin

Yves Oban

Kate Paine

Jihoon Park

Alexandre Puttick

J Rushing

Enda Scott

Michael Simpson

Daniel Staniforth

John H Wolfram

Gladys Yegon

Congratulations to you all!


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Shortlist to be announced 1st February

Judge: Anne Korkeakivi

Anne Korkeakivi

Anne Korkeakivi is the author of the novels An Unexpected Guest (2012) and Shining Sea (2016), both from Little, Brown. Her short fiction and nonfiction have been published by the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Times (UK), Travel & Leisure, Time, Ms., Architectural Digest, the Yale Review, the Bellevue Literary Review, The Millions, Literary Hub, and many other periodicals in the US, the UK, and online. An essay that ran originally in Brain, Child was chosen for Best Women’s Travel Writing, Vol. 10. She is a Hawthornden Fellow and recipient of the Lois Kahn Wallace Writers Award.

Anne holds a BA in Classics from Bowdoin College and an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She was born in New York City, raised there and in western Massachusetts, and has since lived also in any number of places, including Helsinki, Finland; Los Angeles; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; and Strasbourg in eastern France, from where she worked for the publisher Flammarion and traveled to Paris often. She currently splits her time between New York City and Geneva, Switzerland, where her husband is a human-rights lawyer with the UN. They have two daughters.