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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

Deborah Treisman

Interview with the New Yorker's fiction editor, Deborah Treisman

17th October 2018

“When a story works, it stays with you after you put it down.”

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Zoe Gilbert

Interview with the author Zoe Gilbert

16th September 2018

Zoe Gilbert won the Costa Short Story Prize in 2014 and this year published her debut novel, Folk. She talks about the darkness at the heart of her work and the magical possibilities in her ‘modern-day fairy tales’

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Courtney Zoffness

AMERICAN NEWCOMER COURTNEY ZOFFNESS WINS THE SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD 2018

26th April 2018

The American writer, Courtney Zoffness, has won the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her story PEANUTS AREN’T NUTS.

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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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