Monday, 30 August 2010

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2011

So exciting! I entered this last year and got nice feedback though I didn't even make the longlist. The prize is AMAZING and truly to be long- or shortlisted for this would be fabulous for any writer. My pal Adam Marek was a runner-up last year with a fabulous story called 'Fewer Things'. You can read it here.

The info: 

Entries are now being accepted for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2011 - the world’s biggest short story award, for a single story.

The deadline for submissions is 1pm on 30 October 2010.

The award aims to honour the finest writers of short stories in the UK and Ireland. It is open to authors with a previous record of publication in creative writing. Entries may be previously unpublished, or first published or scheduled for publication after 1 January 2010. All entries must be under 6,000 words and entirely original.
The winning author will receive £30,000 and the five runners-up £500. The winner will be announced at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival in April 2011, with the longlist announced on 20 February 2011 and the shortlist on 13 March 2011.

Last year’s winner was New Zealand’s CK Stead, with his story ‘Last Season’s Man’.

For full details of eligibility and how to submit a story, please download the terms and conditions and entry form.


Tania Hershman said...

I was very impressed with this prize last year, the fact that they announced a longlist as well as a shortlist, and that neither was all "Big Names" as some of us had feared because it was a new competition. Adam's story is stunning... I don't have anything anywhere near 6000 words to submit and not sure whether the judges of this comp are into very short stories! Good luck to all.

PS You got a response from the comp? That's a great sign!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info, Nuala! No word of an entry fee, which is cool.


Me too, Tania. And because I got feedback from one admin, I felt it was all taken v seriously.

Re 6000 words - I think that's just a generous upper limit. None of last year's winners and listees were anywhere near that.

And no entry fee - YAY!

Summer Ross said...

hmm I live in the states but this sounds like a wonderful contest.

ALI PALMER said...

Wow.Definitely the most exciting short story prize around. And no fee!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post Nuala -I have my entry (8 copies!) all ready to post. Good luck with your entry-sounds like you have a good chance!