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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

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I Heart Short Stories News Roundup May

18th May 2019

We roundup the latest in short story news

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Judges announced for the world's richest short story prize

12th May 2019

Sarah Churchwell, Carys Davies, Blake Morrison, Kit de Waal and Andrew Holgate to judge The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2019, now in its tenth year.

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Interview with 2010 winner, C.K. Stead

26th April 2019

C.K. Stead won the inaugural Sunday Times Short Story Award in 2010 for his story, Last Season’s Man. We caught up with him to discuss his work and the impact winning the award has had.

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A look back at the 2018 winner

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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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