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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

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10 JUDGES, 10 YEARS: Kit de Waal

18th January 2020

Kit de Waal was one of five judges on the Sunday Times Short Story Award in 2019. She shares her thoughts and tips on writing a 'fat-free' short story, where every word has to earn its place...

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10 JUDGES, 10 YEARS: Rose Tremain

13th December 2019

Rose Tremain was one of six judges on the Sunday Times Short Story Award in 2016. She shares her thoughts and tips on the short story as a 'difficult and petulant entity'

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Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award: eligibility FAQs 2020

26th November 2019

Hoping to enter the Award? Here's our advice on negotiating the Terms and Conditions, and key things to look for when considering your eligibility

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A look back at the 2019 winner

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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'

Read the winning story