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The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2018: Entries Now Open for the World’s Richest Short Story Prize


Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The winner will receive £30,000 (approx US$40,000), making this the most valuable prize in the world for a single short story.

The prize is for stories up to 6000 words in length and there is no entry fee. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must have first appeared after 31 December 2016.

Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have an existing record of publication in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

The 2017 Sunday Times Short Award was won by Bret Anthony Johnston, Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University. Previous winners include Jonathan Tel (2016), Yiyun Li (2015), Adam Johnson (2014) and Junot Diaz (2013).

Entries for the 2018 award close at 6pm GMT on Thursday 28 September 2017. A longlist of up to twenty entries will be published in February 2018 and the winner will be announced in April. Full terms and conditions for the prize can be found here (PDF) and writers can access the entry form via the Short Story Award website.

Bret Anthony Johnston’s winning story, together with the other five works shortlisted for the 2017 prize, is available here.

Watch a round-up of the highlights from the 2017 Sunday Times EFG short story award, with readings by Simon Callow and Fiona Shaw


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