The 2019 Sunday Times Short Story Awards (Prizes: Over £30,000)—Apply

Every emerging and established writer dreams of winning the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. in fact, the Sunday Times Short Story Award is not only the most coveted short story prize in the history of writing contests, it is also the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000.  All you have to do is to submit an amazing short story of 6,000 words or less and voila! the prize could be yours. This prize used to be known as the EFG Sunday Times Short Story Awards. The name changed slightly since Audible came aboard as the new spondors. Entries for the 2019 award opened on December 16, 2018

No entry fee is required.

Who Is Eligible To Apply For This Prestigious Award?

Every novelist or short story writer from any part of the world. What matters is that the writer has been published in the UK or Ireland.

How To Apply?

  • Write your award winning story of 6,000 words or less.
  • One entry per author
  • Stories must be written in English
  • Previously published stories are welcome
  • Submit your story by the deadline. Deadline for submission of entries is 6pm (GMT) on Friday 15 February 2019
  • To enter, use the online submission form on their website or click on Submit Story.

Prizes and /Awards:

  • First Prize Winner will receive £30, 000
  • Six shortlisted authors will receive £1,000 each
  • Winners and shortlisted authors will have their stories published by Audible
  • The overall winner will be announced on September, 12 2019.

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines

  • Font: Arial, 12pt, black
  • Document must be double spaced
  • Do not include page numbers
  • Include a front page which details the title of the story and the word count ONLY. Please remove every identifying information from the manuscript. Entries will be judged blind. There is no need to include the author’s name in the document. In fact, do this can earn you a disqualification.
  • Don’t include any illustrations
  1. Save your story as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) with the author name and short story title in the file name as per the following example: Chimamanda Adi, Half of Mars.

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