The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2016

Latest update 'The 2016 Award is now inviting entries'

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is now accepting entries from publishers, agents and authors.

The Award recognises the finest writers, with previous winners including Yiyun Li, Adam Johnson, Junot Diaz, Kevin Barry, Anthony Doerr and C K Stead. Worth £30,000 to the winner and £1,000 to each of the five runners-up, prizes will be announced on 22 April 2016.


Entry is open to authors from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a previous record of publication in creative writing in the UK and Ireland. Stories must be previously unpublished, or first published after 1 January 2015. All entries must be 6,000 words or under and entirely original. The deadline for ALL submissions is 6pm on Thursday 24 September 2015.


Both email and postal entries are accepted. For full details of eligibility, and how to enter, please visit either The Sunday Times Short Story Award page or the Book Trust Sunday Times Short Story Award entry form.


You can follow the award and all the latest news and updates by following @ShortStoryAward on Twitter and by using the  #STEFG hashtag.

About the The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2016

Launched in 2009 by Lord Matthew Evans, former chairman of EFG Private Bank and Cathy Galvin from The Sunday Times, The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK. Worth £30,000 to the winner, and £1,000 to each of the shortlisted authors, the annual award aims to promote and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story, and has attracted entries from some of the world's finest writers.


Winners of the ­international competition, which is open to stories of up to 6,000 words written in English, have come from all over the world. They include Chinese-American author Yiyun Li, Dominican-American author Junot Diaz, American authors Adam Johnson and Anthony Doerr, CK Stead from New ­Zealand and Kevin Barry from ­Ireland. Last year's recipient of the award was the award-winning author Yiyun Li for her masterful story 'A Sheltered Woman'. Three of the authors who have won the Award have also won the Pulitzer Prize.


The prize has an immensely rich heritage, with some of the finest writers from America, Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth appearing on its longlists and shortlists - among them Emma Donoghue, Adam Foulds, Mark Haddon, Sarah Hall, Hilary Mantel, Ali Smith, Elizabeth Strout, Graham Swift and Gerard Woodward. It also has a fine record of uncovering new talent, most recently with 27-year-old UEA graduate Anna Metcalfe making the shortlist in 2014, and Swansea Graduate Rebecca F John making the shortlist in 2015.


The anthologies of previous shortlisted stories, Six Shorts are published as ebooks and are available to download. The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award stages two reading events each year when outstanding actors read shortlisted stories hosted by Foyles in their flagship store on Charing Cross Road, London and partnered with WordTheatre, the story performance specialists. Recordings of these readings are available to download and listen from


Previous winners

2015 Yiyun Li with 'A Sheltered Woman'

2014 Adam Johnson with 'Nirvana'

2013 Junot Diaz with 'Miss Lora'

2012 Kevin Barry with 'Beer Trip to Llandudno'

2011 Anthony Doerr with 'The Deep'

2010 CK Stead with 'Last Season's Man'

We are now accepting submissions for the Award in 2016. The entry period will remain open until 6pm GMT on Thursday 24 September 2015.