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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.

2018 winner

Courtney Zoffness

Courtney Zoffness takes the top spot with 'Peanuts Aren't Nuts'

The American writer, Courtney Zoffness, won the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her story Peanuts Aren't Nuts.

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The 2018 shortlist

American writers have swept the board in the six-strong shortlist for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which includes five women and one male author. Three of the six shortlisted stories have been previously published in The New Yorker.

The winner was announced at a gala dinner at Stationers’ Hall in London on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

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Latest news for the 2018 award

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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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Laura Demers’ favourite short story

29th July 2021

Laura Demers on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Ordinary Sins, by Kirstin Valdez Quade

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A look back at the 2017 winner

Bret Anthony-Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston took the top spot with their story '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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