One week until 2012 Costa Short Story Award voting closes

A reminder that voting for the 2012 Costa Short Story Award closes in a week’s time.

For those who don’t know, the Costa Book Awards have, for the first time, added a short story element to their awards, where a single short story is set to win £3,500. As with most literary awards there is a shortlist which was selected by a panel, but the decision as to who wins the top prize comes down to a public vote.

That’s right folks, it’s you and I who get to choose the winner, who will be revealed along with two runners-up at the Costa Book Awards presentation ceremony on Tuesday 29th Jan. However, voting closes on Wednesday 23rd January, so if you are planning on being a part of this voting process then you’re going to have to get to it.

The six shortlisted stories are listed below, with direct links to a PDF version of each story. An audio version of each story is also available on the Costa Short Story Award website, together with a voting facility.

Before listing the six shortlisted storiesI should add that unique to this award is the fact that all finalists have been chosen anonymously, and the theme of anonymity continues over to the public vote where people choose their favourite based on story alone, which is exactly how it should be. The shortlist then, is as follows:

As for me, well over the next week I will be reading and reviewing each of the six shortlisted stories right here on RobAroundBooks, and revealing at the end which of the six I think is most worthy of winning. I very much hope that some of you will be doing the same, and chipping in with your own thoughts. I look forward to enlightened discussion.

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Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. LizzySiddal says:

    Thanks for the reminder, Rob. I shall join you. This is a perfectly legitimate distraction for Les Miserables ….