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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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Felicia Yap’s favourite short story

17th June 2021

Felicia Yap on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Terrors Of Basket-Weaving, by Patricia Highsmith

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Read our shortlist: The Irish Wedding by Elizabeth McCracken

12th June 2021

The Irish Wedding by Elizabeth McCracken has been shortlisted for the 2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

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Read our shortlist: A Prolonged Kiss by Jonathan Gibbs

11th June 2021

A Prolonged Kiss by Jonathan Gibbs has been shortlisted for the 2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

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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