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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 2020 award opens at 00.01am on October 20, 2019. The closing date is 6pm on December 13, 2019. The longlist will be announced in May 2020, the shortlist in June 2020, and the winner will be announced on July 2, 2020.

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Latest news for the 2020 award


November: short story low-down

16th November 2019

Our round-up of the best short story news, with the latest on Alice Munro, Irenosen Okojie, Sally Rooney and more

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10 JUDGES, 10 YEARS: Sarah Hall

9th November 2019

Sarah Hall was one of six judges on the Sunday Times Short Story Award in 2014. She shares her thoughts and tips on mastering this 'divisive, provocative' form of writing...

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Submissions Are Now Open for the 2020 Award

20th October 2019

We will be accepting submissions for the 2020 prize until Friday 13th December

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A look back at the 2019 winner


Danielle McLaughlin took the top spot with her story '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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