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The Award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words written in English.
The competition is open to any writer, published or unpublished, aged 18 years or over and resident in the UK or Ireland who submit their stories anonymously via this website.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.
Check below for more information on how to enter, voting and key dates.
Key dates for the 2020 awards
Entry opens: 1st July 2020
Download and vote: Early December 2020
Shortlisted writers revealed: Early January 2021
Winner announced: Tuesday 26th January 2021