THE SUNDAY TIMES AUDIBLE SHORT STORY AWARD 2021Comments Off on THE SUNDAY TIMES AUDIBLE SHORT STORY AWARD 2021
Audible, the leading provider of audio storytelling, will once again sponsor The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award in 2021, after last year’s prize attracted a record number of eligible entries from 48 countries and six continents. The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is worth £30,000 to the winner, with the shortlisted authors receiving £1,000 each. The shortlisted stories are also showcased in an exclusive audiobook anthology produced by Audible. Previous winners of the award include three Pulitzer Prize-winning American authors – Junot Díaz, Anthony Doerr and Adam Johnson – as well as Chinese-American novelist Yiyun Li, CK Stead from New Zealand, Jonathan Tel from the UK, Bret Anthony Johnston and Courtney Zoffness from America, and Kevin Barry and Danielle McLaughlin from Ireland. Shortlisted authors include Colum McCann, Petina Gappah, Hilary Mantel, Emma Donoghue, Elizabeth Strout, Ali Smith, David Vann, Gerard Woodward, Curtis Sittenfeld and Miranda July. The 2020 winner was Irish writer Niamh Campbell.
The winner will be announced on 8 July 2021.
‘There’s no equivalent of the Man Booker fiction prize for a short story, but the Sunday Times award must come close…’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘In recent years The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award has very successfully shone a light on a crucial and venerable literary form that too often struggles for attention. Its judges have consistently rewarded serious artistic ambition at a time when commercial forces grow ever more dominant in our reading culture, and the Award has brought to our notice a raft of important writers – some new, some with many years’ experience – whom I for one may never otherwise have discovered. There is currently no other prize or institution in the UK that fulfils this role.’ Kazuo Ishiguro