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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 2021 award closed at 6pm on December 4, 2020. The longlist will be announced in May 2021, the shortlist in June 2021, and the winner will be announced on July 8, 2021.

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

Latest news for the 2021 award

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JUDGES ANNOUNCED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES AUDIBLE SHORT STORY AWARD 2021

21st February 2021

Romesh Gunesekera, Yiyun Li, David Mitchell, Curtis Sittenfeld and Andrew Holgate to judge the world’s richest short story prize

Read the announcement

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Short story collections to keep on your reading radar

16th February 2021

A round-up of exciting collections to look out for in the coming months

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It’s all about the endings!

2nd December 2020

Delve into the final paragraphs of all the stories to win The Sunday Times Short Story Award over the years

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A look back at the 2020 winner

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Niamh Campbell took the top spot with their story 'Love Many'

Read the winning story