Thursday, 21 October 2010

Win the world's biggest short story cash prize

Last call for submission for £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award

Don’t miss the opportunity to submit to this year’s Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the world’s most valuable short story prize offering £30,000 for a single story.

The submission deadline is 1pm on Saturday 30 October 2010.

The judges are looking for a superlative story of 6,000 words or under from a fiction author who has had work published in Britain or Ireland.
The winner will receive £30,000, and the five shortlisted writers will receive £500 each, as well as having the chance to appear in The Sunday Times Magazine and online at

This year’s judges are novelist, screenwriter and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, columnist and broadcaster Daisy Waugh and writer and journalist Will Self, joined by award-winning author AS Byatt and Andrew Holgate, literary editor of The Sunday Times. The non-voting chair of Judges is Matthew Evans, Chairman of EFG Private Bank.

For full details of eligibility and how to submit, please visit the Sunday Times website and download the terms and conditions and an entry form

or The Booktrust’s website

The award, launched by award founder and director Cathy Galvin, builds on the success of the innovative short fiction slot she introduced to the magazine as deputy editor in 2008 and reflects The Sunday Times's support for outstanding writing.In the inaugural year there were more than 1,000 submissions, and the winner was New Zealand writer CK Stead.

The deadline for submissions to The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award is 1pm on Thursday October 30, 2010.

The longlist will be announced on Sunday February 20, 2011 and the shortlist on Sunday March 13.

The winner will be announced at a special event at The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on April 8, 2011.

Keep up to date with the award via Twitter  and Facebook

Judges of The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2011

Melvyn Bragg (Baron Bragg of Wigton) is a novelist, screenwriter, broadcaster and one of Britain's most celebrated media personalities. Starting his career as a runner for the BBC, he went on to present The South Bank Show for more than 30 years and to present many programmes for Radio 4, including Start the Week, The Routes of English and, currently, In Our Time. He will host The South Bank Sky Arts Awards on Sky Arts 1 HD in early 2011. He is President of the National Academy of Writing and Chairman of the Arts Council Literature Panel and holds 13 honorary doctorates from British universities.

AS Byatt is internationally renowned as a novelist and short-story writer. She won the Booker Prize in 1990 for her novel Possession, and her latest, The Children’s Book, was shortlisted in 2009. She has herself been a judge for both the Booker Prize and the Betty Trask Award. Educated at York and Newnham College, Cambridge, she was Senior Lecturer in English at University College London before becoming a full-time writer in 1983. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.

Matthew Evans (Lord Evans of Temple Guiting, CBE), Chairman of EFG Private Bank, is non-voting Chairman of the Judges. He was formerly Chairman of Faber & Faber, Governor of the British Film Institute, and a government spokesman in the House of Lords.

Andrew Holgate has been Literary Editor of The Sunday Times since 2008. He has been a judge for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Orwell Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Betty Trask Award.

Will Self is a journalist and award-winning novelist. After graduating from Oxford, he became a fiction writer, stand-up comedian and cartoonist. His short story collection The Quantity Theory of Identity was awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and he was nominated by Granta lin 1993 as one of the 20 best young best novelists. Best known for his satirical and fantastical fiction and for his TV appearances, he is a frequent contributor to national titles and magazines, including the New Statesman and Prospect.

Daisy Waugh is a journalist and novelist. She published her first novel, What Is the Matter with Mary Jane? at the age of 21, and has since published five others. Her seventh novel Last Dance With Valentino will be published in February next year. She has worked as a columnist, agony aunt and restaurant critic, and currently has columns in Standpoint magazine, and The Sunday Times. She is married with three young children and lives in West London.


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