The judging panel will select a shortlist of six stories, which will be open to an online public vote from November. The winner will be announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on 29th January 2013.
Entries must be no more than 4,000 words, and written in English. The author must be aged 18 or over, and resident in the UK or Ireland since 2009.
The author need not have been previously published.
All entries will be judged anonymously
Authors currently serving a term of imprisonment are ineligible for the Award.
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No more than one story per author may be submitted.
The judges of the Costa Short Story Award will be looking for what they think is the best entry on the basis of quality and originality of prose, narrative voice and storyline.
Deadline: 7th September
Prize: first prize of £3,500, and two runners-up prizes of £750 each.
Free to enter