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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 closed 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.

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

Latest news for the 2020 award


March: short-story low-down

28th March 2020

Our round-up of the best short story news, with the latest on what you're reading in lockdown and our very exciting news

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10 JUDGES, 10 YEARS: Tessa Hadley

20th March 2020

To celebrate a decade of the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, we talk to ten past judges to get their insight into the process and gain an understanding of what makes a short story shine...

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Sunday Times Short Story Award Interview: Haleh Agar

3rd March 2020

Haleh Agar on curiosity, cuddle parties and how reading is 'training at the gym'

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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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