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.

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

2018 Costa Short Story Award

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. 

If you have any queries, please refer first to the Terms and Conditions.

Click here to read more about this year's judges

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 Chris Hunter 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 Luan Goldie 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 Frances Ainslie 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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When the Bell Tolls- Chris Hunter
Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns- Luan Goldie
The Dying Time- Frances Ainslie
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Previous Winners

2017
Winner: Luan Goldie for Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns
Second: Chris Hunter for When the Bell Tolls
Third: 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

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:

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Download and Listen to the 2015 Stories
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Download and Listen to the 2014 Stories
Download and Read the 2014 Stories
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Download and Listen to the 2013 Stories
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Download and Listen to the 2012 Stories
Download and Read the 2012 Stories
Click here to read more about the 2012 Authors