So here it is everyone, the long list for our first ever major award.

Seventeen stories have been selected, each one vying for a $1000 first prize. We see some familiar faces, and some new ones as well, as well as plenty of interpretations on a theme.  The long list will remain up until the end of the month while our judges deliberate their favourites. In September there will be a culling (such a brutal word, but fitting perhaps, given the tone of some of the stories) and the remaining stories will face off fort he grand prize.

We’ll also be bringing you some interviews and BTS chats with the Cellar Door authors. So check back regularly, or follow us through our social pages.

Best of luck everyone. The full long list can be found here