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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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JUDGE IN 2011: Melvyn Bragg

15th February 2020

10 years, 10 judges: to celebrate a decade of the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, we talk to ten past judges to get their insight into the judging process

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Interview with Ingrid Persaud

10th February 2020

The Trinidadian writer Ingrid Persaud, who won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2018, talks about coming to the party late, how writers must gird their loins for rejection and her strange fascination with death by chocolate

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Interview: Di Speirs of the BBC National Short Story Award

31st January 2020

Di Speirs has judged the BBC National Short Story Award every year since it began. She shares her tips on what makes a great short story – and asks, are men intimidated by literary awards?

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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