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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


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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How entering a short story competition changed my life

23rd November 2019

Max Riddington at the Bridport Prize recalls how her life changed when she submitted a short story to a competition

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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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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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