Costa Short Story Award

In 2012 we launched the Costa Short Story Award, voted for by the public.

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

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

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

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This Year's Costa Short Story Award

Entry for this year’s Costa Short Story Award has now closed. For reference purposes, the Terms and Conditions and this year's Judging panel are included below. 

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Click here to read more about this year’s Judges

Key Dates


July 2014

Shortlist Announced

Late November 2014

Download and Vote

December 2014 until mid-January 2015

Winner Announced

January 2015

2013 Costa Short Story Award Finalists

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




Still Water, BC

By Erin Soros Read by Barbara Barnes

"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 ..."

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The Forgiveness Thing

By Tony Bagley Read by Sam Dale

"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...."

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The Gun Shearer

By Clare Chandler Read by Jenny Funnell

"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 ..."

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The Keeper of the Jackalopes

By Angela Readman Read by Nicola Barber

"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...."

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The Old Man and The Suit

By Kit de Waal Read by Constantine Gregory

"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 ..."

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The Papakh Hat

By Sheila Llewellyn Read by Robert Cohen

"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...."

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Still Water, BC- Erin Soros
The Forgiveness Thing- Tony Bagley
The Gun Shearer- Clare Chandler
The Keeper of the Jackalopes- Angela Readman
The Old Man and The Suit- Kit de Waal
The Papakh Hat- Sheila Llewellyn
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