Costa Short Story Award

In 2012 we launched the Costa Short Story Award, given to a single story and not voted for against the other categories. The public votes for the winner from six shortlisted stories selected by our five judges and published on this website. All shortlisted stories are available on this page to download and either listen to or read.

The 2016 Costa Short Story Award

The voting is now open for the 2016 Costa Short Story Award, and the three shortlisted stories are available at the bottom of this page for you to download and enjoy. It's up to you to decide who wins - so get involved, vote for your favourite and spread the word! Voting closes at midnight on Friday 13th January 2017.

An additional number (up to six) of Highly Commended authors will be notified in January and their details will be released after voting has closed.

Click here to read more about this year's judges

You can read the Terms and Conditions here

Click here to read more about last year's winner and two runners-up

Previous Winners

2015
Winner: Danny Murphy for Rogey
Second: Erin Soros for Fallen
Third: Annalisa Crawford for Watching the Storms Roll In

2014
Winner: Zoe Gilbert for Fishskin, Hareskin
Second: Paula Cunningham for The Matchboy
Third: Joanne Meek for Jellyfish

2013
Winner: Angela Readman for The Keeper of the Jackalopes
Second: Kit de Waal for The Old Man and the Suit
Third: Tony Bagley for The Forgiveness Thing

2012
Winner: Avril Joy for Millie and Bird
Second: Chioma Okereke for Trompette de la Mort
Third: Guy Le Jeune for Small Town Removal

All shortlisted stories are available here for you to download and enjoy:

Download and Listen to the 2015 Stories
Download and Read the 2015 Stories
Click here to read more about the 2015 Authors

Download and Listen to the 2014 Stories
Download and Read the 2014 Stories
Click here to read more about the 2014 Authors

Download and Listen to the 2013 Stories
Download and Read the 2013 Stories
Click here to read more about the 2013 Authors

Download and Listen to the 2012 Stories
Download and Read the 2012 Stories
Click here to read more about the 2012 Authors

Key Dates

Entry

July 2016

Shortlist Announced

Late November 2016

Download and Vote

December 2016 to January 2017

Winner Announced

End January 2017


2016 Costa Short Story Award Finalists


Produced and recorded for the Costa Short Story Award by Spoken Ink

 

DOWNLOAD ALL THREE STORIES (.ZIP)

 


Dirty Little Fishes

By   Read by Siobhán O'Kelly

"She must be a good friend because on Mammy's day off we catch two buses and walk up a billion stairs to visit her. It's an estate like ours, only with less swears written on it ...""


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The Boatman

By   Read by Stephen Darcy

"Margaret's brother arrives a little after four, coming up the yard in that heavy way of his, still with sleep on him and hauling two shovels and a pickaxe ..."



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The Persistence of Memory

By   Read by Jenny Funnell

"A comet strikes the moon on our way to the pantomime, and nobody reacts. My husband Ben goes on driving in his clunk-click, hard-by-the-rules way; our two children remain sprawled on the back seat ..."

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