Short story Publications and Prizes

Giselle Leeb’s debut short story collection, ‘Mammals, I Think We Are Called’ was longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2023. Her short stories have been widely published in journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Best British Short Stories 2017 (Salt), Ambit, Mslexia, The Lonely Crowd, Litro, Black Static, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She has been placed and shortlisted in competitions including the Ambit, Bridport and Mslexia prizes, and won the Seventy2One Short Story Competition for climate fiction, judged by Lucie McKnight Hardy. She was chosen to attend the David Higham Associates New Writers’ Open Week in 2021.


‘The Little Ghost’, Nightjar Press, December 2023

The Picture House, Gone Lawn, #52 beaver moon issue, November 2023

‘Doll of My Soul’, Leicester Writes Short Story Prize anthology, 2023

‘Ghost Herds’, IZ Digital (Interzone), 2023

‘The Goldfinch is Fine’, won first place in the Seventy2One Short Story Competition, judged by Lucie McKnight Hardy, and was published in the Sunburnt Saints anthology, Edited by Hannah Persaud, in Nov 2021.

‘Pain is a Liar’, Dreamland: Other Stories anthology, Edited by Sophie Essex, Black Shuck Books, 2021. Ellen Datlow recommendation for Best Horror #14-long list.

‘Scaffolding’, MAINSTREAM, an anthology of stories from the edges, Inkandescent, 2021.

‘Their Disappearing Edges’, Air: Sylphs, Spirits, & Swan Maidens, Edited by Rhonda Parrish, Tyche Books, 2020.

‘Ape Code’, Unsung Stories, 2020.

‘Walking on a Rugged Fur’, Stonecoast Review, 2020.

‘Drowning’, The Shadow Booth: Vol. 4, 2019. Ellen Datlow mention in Best Horror, Volume 12.

Wolphinia’, reprinted in Songs for the Elephant Man anthology, Mantle Lane Press, 2019.

‘Moonlighter’ (reprint), sguar(di)versi Vol. 5, 2018.

‘Dividual’, Cōnfingō 10, 2018.

 ‘Everybody Knows That Place’, Black Static 66, 2018.

‘You Don’t Hunt a Man’, Litro Online, 2018.

‘The Goldfinch is Fine’, TSS Publishing, 2018.

‘Paper Dolls’, Gone Lawn, #29, 2018.

‘Funeral’, Ellipsis Zine, 2018.

‘The Day the Other Dad Died’, Dark Lane Anthology Vol. 6, 2018.

‘Rabbit is my Name’, Flight Journal, Issue 5, 2017.

‘I Probably Am a Lonely One’ (reprint), sguar(di)versi Vol. 4, 2017.

‘Tonnage’ The Lonely Crowd, Issue 8, 2017. (Article: ‘On Writing Tonnage’)

‘As You Follow’, Best British Short Stories 2017 (Salt), 2017.

‘As You Follow’, Brighton Prize & Stories from Rattle Tales anthology 2016 (pub 2017).

‘The Dogs Aren’t Barking’, Supernatural Tales, 34, 2017 (print, e-book).

‘As You Follow’, Flakes of a Fire Anthology,  Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction Competition 2016.

‘Wolphinia’, Reckoning, 1, 2016, (print, e-book, online). (Interview)

‘Tidelines’, Litro Magazine, 2016 (print, online).

‘Mom2’, Firewords Quarterly, Issue 7, 2016.

‘Grow Your Gorilla’, HISSAC Short Story Competition 2016 (online).

‘I Probably Am a Lonely One’, The Elbow Room Prize  Anthology, 2016. (Judges’ report)

‘Mammals, I Think We Are Called’, The Stockholm Review of Literature, 2016.

‘The Yellow Sun’, Litro Online, 2015.

‘When You Fell’, Ambit Issue 222, 2015.

‘Ape Songs’, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, No. 33, 2015. (Interview)

‘Even Birds Dream’, Bare Fiction, Issue 5, 2015.

‘Moonlighter’, The Queen’s Head, Issue 6, 2015.

‘Are You Cold, Monkey? Are You Cold?’, Mslexia, Issue 61, 2014. (Judge, Nicci Gerrard’s report)

‘Crying Under a Bush’, Riptide Journal, Volume 10, 2014.

‘She’s Wearing Out Our Door’, The Pygmy Giant, 2014.

‘Thin’, Mslexia, Issue 53, 2012. (Judge, Ann VanderMeer’s report)

‘The Scarlet Ape’, The Global Short Story Competition, February 2012.

‘Mr Brahms’, Wet Ink, Issue 21, 2010.

‘Trust’, Message in the Bottle and Other Stories Anthology, Leaf Books, 2009.


  • Mammals, I Think We Are Called, Longlisted, Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2023 (short story collection).
  • ‘Doll of My Soul’, Longlisted, The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize, 2023.
  • ‘Pain is a Liar’, Ellen Datlow recommendation for Best Horror #Volume 14 longlist, November 2022.
  • Dreamland Anthology (including my story, ‘Pain is a Liar’), British Fantasy Awards Shortlist 2022 for Best Anthology
  • ‘The Goldfinch is Fine’, First place, Seventy2One Short Story Competition, October 2021.
  • Chosen to attend the David Higham Associates New Writers’ Open Week, 2021.
  • ‘Drowning’, Ellen Datlow mention in Best Horror, Volume 12, 2020.
  • ‘The Edges of Seasons’, Highly Commended, Faversham Literary Festival Short Story Competition 2019.
  • Cambridge Short Story Prize 2018, Longlist (story withdrawn as accepted elsewhere).
  • ‘Funeral’, shortlist, TSS Press, Flash Fiction Competition, autumn 2017.
  • ‘Grow your Gorilla’, Highly Commended, HISSAC Short Story Competition 2016.
  • ‘Grow your Gorilla’, Bridport Prize short story shortlist 2016.
  • ‘I Probably Am a Lonely One,’ 3rd Prize Short Fiction, The Elbow Room, 2016
  • ‘As You Follow’, 3rd Prize Short Fiction, Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction competition 2016.
  • ‘As You Follow’, selected for Rattle Tales, Brighton Fringe. Festival Show, 2016
  • ‘Blank’, Highly Commended, Manchester Fiction Prize 2015.
  • ‘When you Fell’, 3rd Prize, Ambit Short Fiction Competition 2015.
  • ‘Lessons in Love’, Longlisted, HISSAC Short Story Competition 2014.
  •  ‘All the Shapes of Love’, Shortlisted, Mslexia Short Story Competition 2013
  • ‘Moonlighter’, Longlisted, HISSAC Short Story Competition 2013
  • ‘The Scarlet Ape’, Highly commended, The Global Short Story Competition, February 2012. 
  • ‘Trust’, Commended, Leaf Books Short Story Competition 2009.