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Costa Short Story Award – The Deets

July 16, 2012


A few months ago I updated this neglected blog with the exciting news that Costa were planning to add a short story competition to their annual book awards. Well, the competition officially opened today for entries so I’m celebrating by telling you about it. I know. I have’t been this happy since the month I got four personal rejections in a row (a personal best). It also appears that the nice people at Costa aren’t charging an entry fee, so however tightly stretched your budget is right now, you can still afford to enter. It’s beautiful, really. Anyway, the dirty deets have finally landed, and are as follows:

Website:  Costa Book Awards

Deadline: 4pm on Friday 7th September

Word count: up to 4k.

Prize: £3,500; £750 for two runners up.

Judges: Richard Beard, Fanny Blake, Victoria Hislop, Gary Kemp (yeah, as in the guy from Spandau Ballet. I have no idea why either) and Simon Trewin.

Results: A shortlist of six entries will be announced in November 2012, with the overall winner revealed at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on January 29th, 2013.

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