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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 opens at 00.01am on October 11, 2020. The closing date is 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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Latest news for the 2021 award


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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Interview: Maggie O’Farrell

1st December 2020

Maggie O’Farrell talks about her writing process, imposter syndrome and reading short stories to her seventeen-year-old son

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Catching up with our Short Story Award Alumni

1st December 2020

As the submission deadline nears for this year’s competition, we take a look back at some of the Award’s most recent Alumni to see what they’ve been up to since they were shortlisted for the prize…will their achievements inspire you to enter?

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A look back at the 2020 winner


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

Read the winning story