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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 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
2015 Winner: Danny Murphy for Rogey Second: Erin Soros for Fallen Third: Annalisa Crawford for Watching the Storms Roll In
2014Winner: Zoe Gilbert for Fishskin, HareskinSecond: Paula Cunningham for The MatchboyThird: 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 StoriesDownload and Read the 2015 StoriesClick here to read more about the 2015 Authors
Download and Listen to the 2014 StoriesDownload and Read the 2014 StoriesClick here to read more about the 2014 Authors
Download and Listen to the 2013 StoriesDownload and Read the 2013 StoriesClick here to read more about the 2013 Authors
Download and Listen to the 2012 Stories Download and Read the 2012 StoriesClick here to read more about the 2012 Authors
Thank you for confirming your vote. Your vote will now be officially counted.
Produced and recorded for the Costa Short Story Award by Spoken Ink
DOWNLOAD ALL THREE STORIES (.ZIP)
"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 ...""
"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 ..."
"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 ..."