Waterstone's is set to publish a print and e-book anthology to celebrate the shortlist for the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.
The high street bookseller will publish the titles on 4th March next year, and will host a series of readings and question-and-answer sessions at its London Piccadilly store.
Managed by Booktrust, the award is given to an outstanding story of 6,000 words or fewer from a fiction author from anywhere in the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. The winner will receive £30,000, and the five shortlisted writers will this year each receive £1,000.
Fiona Allen, head of PR and events at Waterstone's, said: "We are thrilled to be publishing and selling the book of the award, which, based on previous years, will contain wonderful stories by some incredible writers."
Cathy Galvin, prize director and deputy editor of the Sunday Times Magazine, said: "The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award isn't simply something that involves picking a winner every year, it's much more alive than that.
"The excellent shortlist of stories and the judges who have selected them are also something to be celebrated. That's why we're thrilled to be working with Waterstone's next year. The readings will give the public a chance to listen to some of the finest short stories crafted by writers from around the world and performed by respected actors."