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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 three 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 judges may also select an additional number (up to six) of Highly Commended authors each year. Those authors are notified and their details released once voting has closed.
Congratulations to last year's winner and two runners-up - Luan Goldie, Chris Hunter and Frances Ainslie. Their stories are available to download and read/listen to lower down this page.
Click here to read more about last year's winner and two runners-up
Entry to this year's competition is now closed. Thank you so much for all your entries!
This year's three shortlisted stories will be announced in November. Until then, you can still enjoy all previously shortlisted stories by scrolling down this page and downloading them, either to listen to or read.
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Click here to read more about this year's judges
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)
"Ian attempted his most reassuring smile as he passed the china mug filled with hot tea into the unsteady hands of the lady sat before him...."
"Without thinking, I bought two of each. Two steak bakes and two Chelsea buns. Mum would turn in her grave if she knew I was feeding Dad from downmarket high street bakeries ..."
"My mother's shoulders slump as she jitters on the doorstep. She's much frailer than last year, yet she hugs me hard enough for two..."
2017Winner: Luan Goldie for Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea BunsSecond: Chris Hunter for When the Bell TollsThird: Frances Ainslie for The Dying Time
2016 Winner: Jess Kidd for Dirty Little Fishes Second: Billy O'Callaghan for Fallen Third: Rob Ewing for The Persistence of Memory
2015 Winner: Danny Murphy for Rogey Second: Erin Soros for The Boatman 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 2016 StoriesDownload and Read the 2016 StoriesClick here to read more about the 2016 Authors
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