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It’s time to polish off your entries for the 2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award


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Andrew Holgate, literary editor of the Sunday Times, with Sally Rooney, who was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award in 2017, at the Young Writer of the Year Award

Get your entries ready for this year’s Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

Published authors have from Sunday, October 11 until 6pm GMT on Friday, December 4 to enter their short story to this year’s award


This Sunday, October 11, the world’s richest and most prestigious prize for a short story, the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, opens for entries again.

The £30,000 award has come a very long way in its 11-year history. Last year, we had a record number of eligible stories submitted (nearly 1,000) from a record number of countries – 48 in all. Writers from six continents entered. In the last few years, we’ve been compared to the Booker Prize by the Sydney Morning Herald, and been called “the most prestigious prize for a single short story” by Lit Hub.

And, with the help of Audible, our six shortlisted authors now reach an even bigger worldwide audience, thanks to the podcast recordings of them made by Audible for their millions of members.

On top of that, we have a growing list of video Masterclasses here on the website about short story writing and a really fascinating and ever expanding video library of Writers’ Picks, where everyone from Yiyun Li to Colm Tóibín takes a minute or so to tell us about their single favourite story.

One of the great strengths of the prize has always been the “blind reading” done by our judges, and the award’s ability as a result to unearth and celebrate new talent. Alongside winners such as Yiyun Li, Anthony Doerr and Junot Diaz, an unknown Sally Rooney got her first recognition by a major prize when she was shortlisted for the award in 2017, and the last three years has seen three relatively unknown authors – Courtney Zoffness from the US, and Danielle McLaughlin and Niamh Campbell from Ireland – walk off with the £30,000 prize money.

This year’s prize – the 12th – opens on Sunday and will stay open for entries until 6pm on Friday, December 4. So, if your fiction has been published in the UK and you have a story of 6,000 or under, either unpublished or published after January 1, 2020, do please consider submitting your work. Please read the T&Cs for more information.

We’d love to hear from you.

Andrew Holgate, literary editor of the Sunday Times

Published authors have from October 11 until 6pm on Friday, December 4 to enter their short story to this year's award

Enter via our website www.shortstoryaward.co.uk

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • Deadline: enter by 6pm on Friday 4 December, 2020
  • The longlist will be announced in May, 2021
  • The shortlist will be announced in June, 2021
  • The winner will be announced on 8 July, 2021


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