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In 2012 we launched the Costa Short Story Award, voted for by the public. The inaugural award was won by former prison manager and now full-time writer, Avril Joy, with her story Millie and Bird. The two runners-up were Chioma Okereke and Guy Le Jeune.
All six 2012 shortlisted stories are available here for you to download and enjoy.
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Voting for this year's Costa Short Story Award closed on Friday 17th January and the identity of the six shortlisted authors has been revealed. Click here to find out who they are.
The winner and two runners-up have been announced - at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on Tuesday 28th January – and they are:
Winner: Angela Readman for The Keeper of the Jackalopes Runner-up: Kit de Waal for The Old Man and the Suit Runner-up: Tony Bagley for The Forgiveness Thing
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You can enjoy all of the six stories by downloading them here:
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"And it’s my turn. The men nod as I stroll up to shoulder myself into their game, Olaf strapped to my back, legs kicking. I bounce him up and down to the wheezing beat of Whisker’s harmonica. You are my sunshine ..."
"It never not comes up, the forgiveness thing. It isn’t always the first question, but everyone gets round to it at some point. ‘What people want to know is...’ Here it comes now, only seconds after she sat down...."
"Brittle gum tree branches were brushing against the kitchen window making a squeaking noise and Oriel scribbled a note to remind herself to ask someone to cut them back. She turned to take the kettle off the stove ..."
"The best bit is the bit that used to scare her. Once the skin has been removed, the rabbit lies on the table, its bunny suit taken off. It can be anything it wants. Clary strokes the cool fur...."
"They sit in the cool of the basement under a low ceiling and two pools of yellow light. They have a stool each and matching eyes. The walls are stacked tight with bolts of wool and satin, mohair and silk ..."
"Tanks clatter past at six, heading from the barracks to the town centre. I roll over and try to squeeze another half-hour. A second convoy rattles the window, waking me up for good. The day begins much like any other has for the last few months in Tabriz...."