Greetings! The Janus Literary editorial team is delighted to announce that the following titles have made our anthology competition shortlist. These stories will not only be published in our online anthology (along with the other stories that made our longlist), but are still in the running for the top three cash prize spots.

As we are continuing to read blind while we narrow our choices for the top three, it is vital that you please DO NOT reveal on social media or elsewhere which story on this list is yours. Doing so will result in your entry being disqualified. You can say that your story is on the shortlist, but please do not reveal your story’s title!

Congratulations and good luck for this final phase of our competition.

A Baby Born En Caul Can Never Drown
A Hole in the Wing
All the Broken Things
An Aversion to Popular Amusements
Lyrics for a Life at Sea
Origami Wars
Seven Tears
The Witch Who Walked the Shore