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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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2019 winner

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Danielle McLaughlin takes the top spot with 'A Partial List of the Saved'

The Irish writer, Danielle McLaughlin, won the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award for her story 'A Partial List of the Saved'

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Latest news for the 2019 award

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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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Rachael Fulton’s favourite short story

22nd July 2021

Rachael Fulton on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Birdie, by Lauren Groff

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Jonathan Gibbs’ favourite short story

15th July 2021

Jonathan Gibbs on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – Heavy Weather, by Helen Simpson

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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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