What is the Costa Short Story Award?
The Award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words written in English.
The competition is open to any writer, published or unpublished, aged 18 years or over and resident in the UK or Ireland who submit their stories anonymously via this website.
It's up to the public to read the top three stories shortlisted by the judges and vote for their favourite, with the winner and two runners-up being announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony in January.
Key dates for the 2021 awards
Entry opens: 1st July 2021
Download and vote: From Wednesday 1st December 2021
Shortlisted writers revealed: Tuesday 18th January 2022
Winner announced: Tuesday 1st February 2022