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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.

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2021 winner

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Susan Choi takes the top spot with 'Flashlight'

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Latest news for the 2021 award

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Susannah Dickey’s favourite short story

12th August 2021

Susannah Dickey on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Universal Story, by Ali Smith

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Mark Jude Poirier’s favourite short story

5th August 2021

Mark Jude Poirier on the short story he loves and thinks you will, too – The Legend of Pig-Eye, by Rick Bass

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Laura Demers’ favourite short story

29th July 2021

Laura Demers on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – Ordinary Sins, by Kirstin Valdez Quade

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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'

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