Our award judges David Rundell and Ibrahim Azizi decided that there was no outstanding or outright winner to our 2021 Saudi Short Story Award.

We are awarding runners up prizes, each of £1,000, to five entries.

These are:

A Deep Stillness  (‘beautiful’ and ‘effective’) by I.Z. Boucheloukh

Hedjaz (‘ends with a punch’) by Graham Steed

In Search of Me (‘unique’ and ‘thought-provoking’) by Rebeca Maynart

Photo Finish (‘engaging’ and ‘dynamic’) by Edward James

The Kraytor (‘the most interesting message’) by Ciaran Doran


We are now contacting the authors and will publish the stories in due course.