Victoria Richards

Writer // Journalist // Editor


Victoria Richards is a freelance journalist and writer.

She has worked for BBC News, The Times and The Independent, has appeared on Newsnight, BBC World and ITV News and regularly writes for Independent Voices. She won the inaugural Oh Zoe! Rising Talent Award 2017 and the Hedgehog Poetry Press debut anthology competition, came third in The London Magazine short story competition 2017 and second in the TSS flash fiction competition (winter 2017). She was longlisted in the Bath Short Story Award 2017, among others, and highly commended for poetry in the Bridport Prize 2017.

She lives in London where she is working variously on a novel, a short story collection, poetry, flash fiction and a series of books for children.

She is also a co-founder of The Second Source, a group of female journalists tackling sexual harassment in the media.


The latest news from Victoria Richards

I am thrilled to have made the shortlist in the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize 2018 with my debut novel. The winner will be announced at an awards dinner in Cambridge next month.

I reached the longlist in this year's National Poetry Competition, out of 13,000 entries. Congratulations to the winner, Dominic Bury, for his incredible sestina.

I am excited to announce that my debut YA novel has been longlisted in the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2018. The shortlist will be revealed next month.

I attended the prize-ceremony at the House of Commons for the London Magazine Short Story Competition this week. I was lucky enough to take home third prize. You can see a few photos of the night here.

I have also been shortlisted in the Desperate Literature short fiction prize. The winner will be announced at a prize ceremony in Madrid on 21 April.

I also won first place in the Hedgehog Poetry Press debut anthology competition. Copies of the anthology are available for pre-order here.

I am thrilled to have been longlisted in the Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize 2017.

I was also double-longlisted in the Reflex Fiction Winter 2017 flash fiction competition. The contest comprised 247 entries from 20 different countries.

In December I was awarded second place in the TSS International Flash Fiction Competition. My story will be published on the TSS website in early 2018.

In October I attended the Bridport Prize 2017 awards ceremony to collect a prize for my ‘highly commended’ poem, ‘Unthinkably, I leave you’, judged by poet Lemn Sissay.

I was also shortlisted for poetry in the Hysteria Writing Competition 2017. Hysteria 6, an anthology of winning entries, is available to buy online.