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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.

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Latest news for the 2019 award

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Longlist Announced for The 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

18th July 2019

A wealth of fresh talent vies with the past prize winners and shortlistees, and literary luminaries in 'one of our strongest ever longlists.'

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Meet the longlist: Kevin Wilson, author of 'Biology'

18th July 2019

Meet the longlist: Kevin Wilson, author of 'Biology'

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Meet the longlist: Brian Van Reet, author of 'Lazarus'

17th July 2019

Please read on to meet Brian Van Reet, and to read the first paragraphs of his story

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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.

Read the winning story