How exciting! Costa have announced a new prize to run in association with the Costa Book Awards. Even better, the new Costa Short Story Award will be judged independently, with a panel to select a shortlist of six entries of previously unpublished short stories (to be revealed in November). The winner – announced on the 29th January 2013 – will be selected by an online public vote, and will receive a whopping £3,500! Two runners-up will get £750 each.
Costa UK marketing director Kevin Hayes had this to say:
“What’s really exciting about our new short story award is that it’s open to absolutely everyone. For the first time, we’re able to extend the reach of the book awards in ways we never have before. You don’t need a publisher or an agent to enter this competition, just an idea and writing talent and we’re encouraging anyone who has ever considered writing creatively, and those who write already, professionally or otherwise, to enter.”
Entries need to be no more than 4,000 words, written in English, and the author should be 18 or over, and have lived in the UK or Ireland for the past three years. Submit your entries on www.costabookawards.com by 4pm on the 7th September.
Judges for the very first Costa Short Story Award are: Richard Beard, director of the National Academy of Writing; Fanny Blake, Woman & Home books editor and novelist; Victoria Hislop, writer; Gary Kemp, actor, writer and musician; and Simon Trewin, William Morris Endeavor agent.