Short story prize: The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2021


12 October 2020
The world's richest short story prize is now inviting entries

With a £30,000 first prize, The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is the world's richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story. Last year's prize attracted a record 983 eligible entries from 48 countries.

'Last year was a memorable one for The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award with a record 983 eligible entries and more countries represented than ever before,' said Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate. 'We’re thrilled with our growing relationship with our partner and sponsor Audible, and excited by our new digital initiatives including Writers’ Picks, in which some of the world’s great authors take to video to tell us about their favourite short stories. Last year’s winner Niamh Campbell proved once again how good the blind-judged award is at discovering new talent, and we’re really looking forward to expanding even further this year.'

In addition to the winner's prize of £30,000, shortlisted authors each win £1,000. Shortlisted writers will also be included in an Audible audiobook anthology and receive a further £1,000 fee.

The competition is for outstanding fiction up to 6,000 words from a fiction author anywhere in the world who has been published in the UK and Ireland. Stories must not have been published before January 2020. Writers entering the competition must have a track record of publication/broadcasting with an established publisher, magazine or broadcaster to be eligible to enter.

Entry is free.

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The closing date is 4 December 2020.

For full details see the website.


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