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Submit your story for the 2021 award

Required fields are marked with an * (asterisk).


If the story was first published before this date, it is ineligible for the 2021 award.

This includes obtaining prior approval from any third parties who hold the rights to this story.

For full details, please read section 4.3. of the Terms & Conditions.

Author details
Applicant details
Submission/story details

Stories must be 6000 words or less.

Your story must meet the following criteria:

  • Written in English
  • Typed
  • Font: Arial, 12pt, black
  • Double spaced
  • No page numbers
  • Include a front page which details the title of story and the word count ONLY. The author’s name should not be included in the document.
  • No illustrations
  • Accepted file formats: doc, docx, pdf

If your story was first published before 01/01/2020, it is ineligible for the 2021 award.

Enter 'N/A' if not applicable.

Author's recent publications

Please list the author's most recent publications that meet the below criteria. At least one entry is required, although you can add up to four publications.

To be eligible, the author MUST have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland. This means the author MUST have previously have had works of prose fiction, drama, or poetry published by an established publisher or an established printed magazine in the UK or Ireland, or broadcast by a national radio station or national television station in the UK or Ireland (see clause 3.6 in the Terms & Conditions for further details).

For the avoidance of doubt NONE of the following will constitute a record of prior publication:

  • self-published material of any kind
  • work published using a print-on-demand service
  • work published via a commercial arrangement through which the publisher is paid by the author
  • online publication, other than in an e-book published in accordance with clause 3.6.1, or in an online magazine which has a print edition that meets the requirements of clause 3.6.2 by a publisher that meets 3.6.1
  • a piece of creative writing pending publication
  • work published in a newspaper or as an audiobook
  • feature writing
  • musical lyrics

If this publication can be found online, provide the URL (website link) to it here.

Enter 'N/A' if not applicable.

You can also apply via post

Simply download the postal application form and return it to the below address:

The 2021 Short Story Award

Books Dept.

The Sunday Times

The News Building

1 London Bridge Street

London SE1 9GF