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Promoting & celebrating the excellence of the modern short story

The Sunday Times Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. The award is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK.

2016 winner

Jonathan Tel

Jonathan Tel takes the top spot with 'The Human Phonograph'

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Latest news for the 2016 award

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Felicia Yap’s favourite short story

17th June 2021

Felicia Yap on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Terrors Of Basket-Weaving, by Patricia Highsmith

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Lucy Caldwell’s favourite short story

10th June 2021

Lucy Caldwell on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – How I Fell in Love With the Well-Documented life of Alexander Whelan, by Yan Ge

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Elizabeth Macneal’s favourite short story

3rd June 2021

Elizabeth Macneal on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Travellers, by Carys Davies

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A look back at the 2015 winner

Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li took the top spot with their story 'A Sheltered Woman'

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