We’re thrilled to announce our 2017 Headland prize winners! Our hearty congratulations to:

Conrad Smyth, winner of the Headland Prize for Best Story 2017 ($500) for his utterly compelling story ‘147 Days and Counting’ about a recovering drug addict running the New York Marathon (Issue 11). Conrad told us “Headland is a fantastic publication for lovers of quality writing. It’s extremely gratifying to win the Headland Prize”.

Simon Middlemas, awarded the Frontier Prize for Best Story by a Previously Unpublished Author ($250) for his quietly stunning creative nonfiction piece, that touched us all: ‘Mi Mujer Maravilla’. (coincidentally also Issue 11). Simon said: “Being published for the first time was a great feeling. It was a very personal piece of writing, about my journey through IVF with my wife, and so I am pleased people related to it. Thanks to Headland for their support”.


To celebrate, Issue 11 is on sale for a limited time – read Conrad and Simon’s stories for the bargain price of US $2.99. Get it now, and find out more about our prize winners here.

It was a tough choice with 35 high quality stories published in Issues 8-11 this year, and so many amazing previously unpublished writers submitting.

Thank to you all who have submitted, published and read with us this year! We couldn’t do this without you and we love our Headland community.