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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.

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Latest news for the 2020 award

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Diana Evans discusses Granma's Porch by Alexia Tolas

2nd July 2020

Our judge on why they loved this year's shortlisted story

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Carys Davies discusses Sparing the Heather by Louise Kennedy

2nd July 2020

Our judge on why they loved this year's shortlisted story

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David Nicholls discusses Love Many by Niamh Campbell

2nd July 2020

Our judge on why they loved this year's shortlisted story

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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