Costa short story prize to be put to public vote
29th November 2012
Six short stories by anonymous writers are competing for the first ever Costa Short Story Award, with the public voting to decide the winner.
The shortlist includes 'Don't Try This At Home', about a woman who cuts her boyfriend in half, and the coming of age story 'Millie and Bird', with the public to decide which of the six stories will take the GBP 3,500 prize on January 29th by online vote.
The Costa Short Story Award is run in association with the Costa Book Awards but judged independently of the prize's main five-category system.
Judges, including the authors Victoria Hislop and Fanny Blake, whittled down more than 1,800 anonymous entries to come up with their final six, which also includes 'Trompette de la Mort', 'Mown Grass', 'Dislocation' and 'Small Town Removal'.
The competition was open to both published and unpublished writers for a previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words, written in English.
Kevin Hydes, marketing director at Costa UK, said it was 'fantastic' to see so many entries for the new award, adding: 'It's been a fascinating process so far and now comes the exciting part - the outcome of this competition is in the public's hands, so we're encouraging everyone to read all the stories and cast their vote.'