2017 Costa Short Story Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2017 Costa Short Story Award for a “previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over and written in English” have been announced. Two short stories of genre interest are among the finalists:

  • “The Dying Time”, Frances Ainslie
  • “When the Bell Tolls”, Chris Hunter

The winner is determined by public vote, while finalists were selected by a panel of judges “anonymously ie [sic] without the name of the author being known throughout the process.” The author of the winning story will receive £3,500, second place will receive £1,000, third place will receive £500. This year’s judges were Kit de Waal, Sarah Franklin, Joe Haddow, Adele Parks, and Simon Trewin. Winners will be announced at the Costa Book Awards event on January 30, 2018 in London.

For more information about the Costa Book Awards and the Costa Short Story Award, including rules for entry and downloads of the short story finalists, see the official website.


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