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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.

2017 winner

Bret Anthony-Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston takes the top spot with 'Half of What Atlee Rouse Knows About Horses'

Bret Anthony Johnston has won the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award with his story ‘Half of What Atlee Rouse Knows About Horses’.

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The 2017 shortlist

American writers are at the core of the six strong shortlist for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is announced today, March 19. This year’s line-up for the prize, at £30,000 the richest in the world for a short story, includes three women and three men, four American writers, one British and one Irish author.

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Latest news for the 2017 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 2016 winner

Jonathan Tel

Jonathan Tel took the top spot with their story 'The Human Phonograph'

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