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Promoting & celebrating the excellence of the modern short story

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland.

The submission period for the 2019 award closed at 6pm on February 15, 2019. The longlist will be announced in June 2019, the shortlist in July 2019, and the winner will be announced on September 12, 2019.

To find out more about the prize, and our new sponsorship with Audible, click on About.

Latest news for the 2019 award

4 Top Tips if You’ve Never Entered The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Before

8th February 2019

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2019 is open for business for just seven more days. If you have never entered before we thought it would be helpful to share a few tips we’ve picked up over the last ten years.

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Courtney Zoffness

Interview with 2018 Winner, Courtney Zoffness

21st January 2019

We catch up with 2018 Sunday Times Short Story Award winner Courtney Zoffness to discuss the impact the award has had on her and future writing plans.

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Audible is announced as the new sponsor of the world's richest prize for a short story

16th December 2018

The leading producer of spoken word entertainment will join forces with The Sunday Times to create an audio anthology for The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2019, now in its tenth year.

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A look back at the 2018 winner

Courtney Zoffness

Courtney Zoffness took the top spot with her story '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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