The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award


A prestigious and highly experienced panel of judges has been announced for this year’s Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, the world’s most valuable prize for a single short story, worth £30,000 to the winner. The judging panel for the 2021 award will comprise acclaimed short-story writer and Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Romesh Gunesekera; Yiyun Li, the 2015 winner; the double Booker-shortlisted novelist David Mitchell; and Curtis Sittenfeld, who was shortlisted for the Award in 2018. Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of The Sunday Times, completes the line-up.


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

The Magician by Colm Tóibín – Viking, September 2021

The Magician by Colm Tóibín will be published by Viking in September 2021

From one of our greatest living writers comes a sweeping novel of unrequited love and exile, war and family. The Magician tells the story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction. He would find himself on the wrong side of history in the First World War, cheerleading the German army, but have a clear vision of the future in the second, anticipating the horrors of Nazism. He would have six children and keep his homosexuality hidden; he was a man forever connected to his family and yet bore witness to the ravages of suicide. He would write some of the greatest works of European literature, and win the Nobel Prize, but would never return to the country that inspired his creativity. Through one life, Colm Tóibín tells the breathtaking story of the twentieth century.


Grandmothers by Salley Vickers

‘Grandmothers’ by Salley Vickers was published by Penguin on 3rd September 2020.

It is a beautifully observed, tender and elegiac new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Librarian.

‘A beautifully written and moving celebration of this love, too often unsung, that reaches out across the generations. It should be read by all grannies’ The Times


‘A fond  portrait of what it is to love a child, both yours and not… a tonic for the overlooked modern grandmother’ Sunday Times

Audible announced as new sponsor of the world’s richest short story prize

Audible, the leading provider of audio storytelling has joined forces with The Sunday Times to sponsor The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2019 as it enters its tenth year.  The world’s richest and most prestigious prize for an English-language single short story, the Award has attracted some of the finest literary talent from around the world in the decade since it was inaugurated.

In a ground-breaking agreement, Audible will produce an audio anthology of the stories shortlisted in 2019, making the stories available in audio for the first time.

For full details of the Award visit:

Coronet to publish America Before – the final book in Graham Hancock’s bestselling non-fiction trilogy

Graham Hancock’s long-awaited culmination of his non-fiction work will be published on April 2nd –over twenty years after the publication of the multi-million selling Fingerprints of the Gods and four years after the Sunday Times bestseller Magicians of the Gods

In America Before, Hancock draws on the latest archaeological and DNA evidence to bring his quest to a stunning conclusion. He presents a brand-new investigation into the prehistory of the Americas, referencing scientific proof of a long-lost ancient civilisation which began in the Ice Age in the so-called ‘New World’ and then spread around the earth, leaving its traces in ancient monuments such as the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge and in the genetic makeup of peoples living as far away as Australia.

Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood published by Penguin Books

Within seconds of waking from a ten-week coma, Maggie Allan’s life is torn apart when she learns that her ten-year-old daughter is dead.  So begins this haunting tale of loss, betrayal and the lengths a woman will go to protect her loved ones and beat her demons.  Author Nuala Ellwood was chosen as one of the Observer‘s New Faces of Fiction for her debut My Sister’s Bones.  She teaches Creative Writing at York St John University.

“A gripping page turner” BELLA

“Haunting thriller … A worthy successor to Ellwood’s debut My Sister’s Bones” DAILY EXPRESS



‘The novelistic equivalent to LOVE, ACTUALLY’ (The Bookseller) Translation rights sold in 21 territories

Josie Silver’s forthcoming novel One Day in December (published October 18th 2018, Penguin paperback) has sold in 21 territories to date, been compared to the Christmas movie classic Love Actually and has an ever-growing number of readers falling in love with it – including Marian Keyes.  It’s a story set over ten years, following three central characters through love, heartbreak and friendship.

The sinister new novel from the No 1 bestselling author of Richard and Judy Book Club pick, Lying in Wait

Advance praise is pouring in for Liz Nugent’s new novel Skin Deep, to be published in Penguin paperback November 15th 2018:

“Perfect for those who like their escapism on the darker side” Ian Rankin

“Monumentally good. Liz Nugent is a beautiful writer and among the very best storytellers in the world” Donal Ryan

“The finest psychological thriller writer currently at work – no one gets under the skin of monstrous characters like she does” Tammy Cohen

“I loved, loved, loved Skin Deep – the compassion of it, the beauty of the language, how glamour and horror intersect, how the tension twists tighter and tighter and is brilliantly done” Marian Keyes

“Dazzling … chilling, mesmerising and, ultimately, devastating. Pure storytelling genius” Mark Edwards

“Wow! I am lost in admiration – Liz Nugent’s storytelling is a wonderful feat of imagination, totally gripping, with a fascinating character at its heart” Sabine Durrant

“A triumph, from first page to last!” Sarah Hilary

“Her darkest book yet – a compelling one-sitting read” Sinéad Crowley

“Dark, brutal and brilliant” Colette McBeth

“Utterly gripping, fast paced, and featuring my favourite sociopathic female character since Lady Macbeth” Louise O’Neill

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