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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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Gráinne Murphy’s favourite short story

26th August 2021

Gráinne Murphy on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Starlight on Idaho, by Denis Johnson

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Susannah Dickey’s favourite short story

12th August 2021

Susannah Dickey on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Universal Story, by Ali Smith

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Mark Jude Poirier’s favourite short story

5th August 2021

Mark Jude Poirier on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – The Legend of Pig-Eye, by Rick Bass

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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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