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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


Stella Duffy: A life on the page

22nd May 2017

Stella Duffy OBE is an author, playright and short-story writer. Her novels The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were long-listed for the Orange Prize. Her novel, The Hidden Room, will be published by Virago in July.

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Interview with the Short Story writer Salley Vickers

19th May 2017

The former psychoanalyst talks to Sophie Haydock about starting her career at 50, the privilege of writing, and staying close to her unconscious

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Interview with author and journalist Mark Lawson, who's a judge on this year's award

21st April 2017

He speaks to Sophie Haydock about how politics and technology can ruin fiction, and the worst advice a writer can be given…

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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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