The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Key facts

Sponsors / partners

The Sunday Times / EFG Private Bank

Genres / categories


Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 28/09/2017
Longlist announced: 07/07/2019
Shortlist announced: 04/08/2019
Winner(s) announced: 12/09/2019

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the world’s richest short story prize, with the winner presented with £30,000 and each of the shortlisted writers receiving £1,000.

The award is given to a published writer, from any country, for a single short story of up to 6,000 words.



*Courtney Zoffness wins 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her story Peanuts Aren’t Nuts. Zoffness is only the second woman ever to win the prize. She triumphed over an all-American shortlist that included four other women. Click here for the full story.


Previous winners:

2017Half of What Atlee Rouse Knows About Horses by Bret Anthony Johnston