Entries Open for the World’s Richest Short Story Prize!

Here’s a writing competition with a prize worth winning!

The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2016, with a £30,000 (US$46,500) first prize, is now open for entries.

The contest is open world-wide, though you do have to have had work published professionally in the UK or Ireland. More information from the Aerogramme Writers’ Studio website is copied below…

Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The winner will receive £30,000 (US$46,500), making this the most valuable prize for a single short story in the world.

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 Stories can be either unpublished or published.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 have first appeared after 1 January 2015.

Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have an existing record of publication in creative writing in the UK and Ireland. In 2015 the award went to Chinese-American author Yiyun Li. Other past winners include Junot Diaz, Adam Johnson and CK Stead.

Entries for the 2016 award close at 6pm GMT on Thursday 24 September 2015. A longlist of twenty entries will be published in February 2016 and the winner will be announced in April.

Source: The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2016: Entries Now Open for the World’s Richest Short Story Prize

Full terms and conditions for the prize can be found on this page (PDF) and you can access the entry form via the Booktrust website. Yiyun Li’s winning story along with the other five works shortlisted for the 2015 prize are available here.

Good luck if you enter this contest. Even being longlisted would be a considerable feather in any writer’s cap. And if you win the top prize, remember who told you about it!

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