Costa Short Story Award

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.

The 2017 Costa Short Story Award

Voting has now CLOSED for the 2017 Costa Short Story Award.  The winner will be announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony taking place on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

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

All three stories are available to download and read lower down this page.

Key Dates

Entry

July

Shortlist Announced

Late November

Download and Vote

December/January

Winner Announced

End January


2017 Costa Short Story Award Finalists


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

 

DOWNLOAD ALL THREE STORIES (.ZIP)

 


When the Bell Tolls

By   Read by Sam Dale

"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...."



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Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns

By   Read by Adelaide Obeng

"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 ..."

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The Dying Time

By   Read by David Monteath

"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..."



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Previous Winners

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

2014
Winner: Zoe Gilbert for Fishskin, Hareskin
Second: Paula Cunningham for The Matchboy
Third: 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 Stories
Download and Read the 2016 Stories
Click here to read more about the 2016 Authors

Download and Listen to the 2015 Stories
Download and Read the 2015 Stories
Click here to read more about the 2015 Authors

Download and Listen to the 2014 Stories
Download and Read the 2014 Stories
Click here to read more about the 2014 Authors

Download and Listen to the 2013 Stories
Download and Read the 2013 Stories
Click here to read more about the 2013 Authors

Download and Listen to the 2012 Stories
Download and Read the 2012 Stories
Click here to read more about the 2012 Authors