Writers from around the world are invited to enter the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2019. The winner will receive £30,000 (approximately US$38,000), 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 Stories can be either unpublished or published.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 not have appeared before 1 January 2018.
Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have a track record of published creative writing in the UK or Ireland. In 2018 the Award attracted over 1100 entries from 38 countries. The judges read the entries ‘blind’, without knowing the author’s identity.
The 2018 Sunday Times Short Award was won by Courtney Zoffness for her story Peanuts Aren’t Nuts. Previous winners include Bret Anthony Johnston (2017), Jonathan Tel (2016), Yiyun Li (2015), Adam Johnson (2014) and Junot Díaz (2013).
This is the first year that Audible has been the prize’s major sponsor. A feature of the 2019 award will be an Audible audiobook anthology of the shortlisted stories which aims to “dramatically broaden the audience for the short story”. Shortlisted authors will receive an extra £1000 fee, on top of a prize payment of £1000, for being included in the anthology.
Entries for the 2019 award close at 6pm GMT on Friday 15 February 2019. A longlist of up to twenty entries will be published in July and the winner will be announced on 12 September. Full terms and conditions for the prize can be found here and writers can access the entry form via the Short Story Award website.
Watch a round-up of the highlights from the 2017 Sunday Times Short Story Award, with readings by Simon Callow and Fiona Shaw
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