The 2018 Sunday Times (UK) EFG Short Story Award

The most valuable prize in the world for a single short story.

Closing date: 28 September 2017.

The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2016. Five other authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors.

To be eligible, the author must have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

A longlist of up to twenty entries will be published in February 2018 and the winner will be announced in April.

Full terms and conditions for the prize can be found here (PDF) and writers can access the entry form via the Short Story Award website at:

The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 28 September 2017.

For any queries, you can write to the address below, or send an email to

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2018,
The Society of Authors,
84 Drayton Gardens,
SW10 9SB
United Kingdom


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