Sunday Times Short Story Award

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Sunday Times Short Story Award
Awarded forBest short story published in the UK
Sponsored byAudible
CountryEngland
Hosted byThe Sunday Times
Reward(s)£30,000
Last awardedActive

The Sunday Times Short Story Award is a British literary award for a single short story open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK or Ireland. The winner receives £30,000, and the five shortlisted writers each receive £1,000.[1] A longlist of 16 is also announced. The award was established in 2010 by The Sunday Times newspaper with backing by EFG Private Bank. In 2019, award sponsorship changed to Audible.[2] It has been called the richest prize in the world for a single short story.[3]

Another major single-short-story award in the UK is the BBC National Short Story Award, which was called the richest prize in the world for a single short story at £15,000 in 2008,[4] however, as of 2013, The Sunday Times award is twice as large.

Winners and shortlisted nominees[edit]

Year Winner Work Shortlisted nominees Ref(s)
2010 C. K. Stead Last Season's Man Will Cohu, Nothing but Grass
Joe Dunthorne, Critical Responses to My Last Relationship
Adam Marek, Fewer Things
David Vann, It's Not Yours
[5][6][7][8]
2011 Anthony Doerr The Deep Will Cohu, East Coast – West Coast
Roshi Fernando, The Fluorescent Jacket
Yiyun Li, The Science of Flight
Gerard Woodward, The Family Whistle
[9][10][11]
2012 Kevin Barry Beer Trip to Llandudno Emma Donoghue, The Hunt
Jean Kwok, Where the Gods Fly
Tom Lee, The Current
Robert Minhinnick, El Aziz: Some Pages from His Notebook
Linda Oatman High, Nickel Mines Hardware
[12][1][13][14]
2013 Junot Díaz Miss Lora Mark Haddon, The Gun
Sarah Hall, Evie
Cynan Jones, The Dig
Toby Litt, Call It 'The Bug' Because I Have No Time to Think of a Better Title
Ali Smith, The Beholder
[15][16]
2014 Adam Johnson Nirvana Tahmima Anam, Anwar Gets Everything
Marjorie Celona, Othello
Anna Metcalfe, Number Three
Elizabeth Strout, Snow Blind
Jonathan Tel, The Shoe King of Shanghai
[17][18][19]
2015 Yiyun Li A Sheltered Woman Rebecca John, The Glove Maker's Numbers
Elizabeth McCracken, Hungry
Paula Morris, False River
Scott O'Connor, Interstellar Space
Madeleine Thien, The Wedding Cake
[20][21]
2016 Jonathan Tel The Human Phonograph Alix Christie, The Dacha
Colum McCann, What Time Is It Now, Where You Are?
Edith Pearlman, Unbechert
Nicholas Ruddock, The Phosphorescence
Petina Gappah, The News of Her Death
[22]
2017 Bret Anthony Johnston Half of What Atlee Rouse Knows About Horses Celeste Ng, Every Little Thing
Kathleen Alcott, Reputation Management
Richard Lambert, The Hazel Twig and the Olive Tree
Sally Rooney, Mr Salary
Victor Lodato, The Tenant
[23][24]
2018 Courtney Zoffness Peanuts Aren't Nuts Allegra Goodman, F.A.Q.s
Miranda July, The Metal Bowl
Victor Lodato, Herman Melville, Volume 1
Molly McCloskey, Life on Earth
Curtis Settinfeld, Do-Over
[25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Campbell, Lisa (2 March 2012). "Barry wins Sunday Times Short Story Award". The Bookseller. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  2. ^ Katherine Cowdrey (16 December 2018). "Audible takes over as sponsor for Sunday Times Short Story Award". The Bookseller. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ "OMG: Text speak short story in running for £30,000 prize". The Daily Telegraph. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  4. ^ Lea, Richard (4 July 2008). "Field narrows in race for richest story award". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  5. ^ "The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2010". Booktrust. 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  6. ^ Flood, Alison (26 March 2010). "CK Stead wins short story prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  7. ^ "New Zealand author Stead wins short story prize". BBC News. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  8. ^ Caesar, Ed (26 March 2010). "A man for all seasons". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  9. ^ "The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2011". Booktrust. 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  10. ^ Staff writer (8 April 2011). "Anthony Doerr wins Short Story award". BBC News. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  11. ^ "A heartwarming win for a heartbreaking tale". The Sunday Times. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  12. ^ "The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2012". Booktrust. 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  13. ^ Flood, Alison (30 March 2012). "Kevin Barry's tale of ale enthusiasts wins Sunday Times short story award". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  14. ^ Davies, Helen (1 April 2012). "Raise your glasses". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  15. ^ "The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2013". Booktrust. 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  16. ^ Flood, Alison (22 March 2013). "Junot Díaz wins world's richest short story prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  17. ^ "The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014". Booktrust. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  18. ^ April 2014. "The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014". Book Trust. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  19. ^ Richard Brooks (6 April 2014). "Cobain helps win short story prize". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  20. ^ "British Newcomer Vies With International Literary Names For Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award". The Sunday Times. 1 February 2015.
  21. ^ Alison Flood (24 April 2015). "Yiyun Li wins Sunday Times short story prize for A Sheltered Woman". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  22. ^ "Our 2016 Winner". shortstoryaward.co.uk. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  23. ^ Natasha Onwuemezi (20 March 2017). "Sunday Times Short Story Award shortlists Lambert and Rooney". The Bookseller. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  24. ^ Benedicte Page (27 April 2017). "Bret Anthony Johnston wins Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award". The Bookseller. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  25. ^ "The 2018 Shortlist". Short Story Award. 20 March 2018.
  26. ^ "The 2018 Winner". Short Story Award. 26 April 2018.

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