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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 winner of the 2021 award was announced on July 8, 2021. Huge congratulations to Susan Choi for her outstanding story, Flashlight, and to all of this year's shortlisted and longlisted writers.

The 2022 prize has been postponed while we find a new sponsor. We hope to be back soon, and will announce any updates as usual on our News page and via @shortstoryaward on Twitter. To find out more about the prize, please click on About.

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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Gráinne Murphy’s favourite short story

26th August 2021

Gráinne Murphy on the short story she loves and thinks you will, too – The Starlight on Idaho, by Denis Johnson

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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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A look back at the 2020 winner


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

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