- Chris Beckett, The Turing Test (Elastic Press)
- Gerard Donovan, Country of the Grand (Faber)
- Anne Enright, Yesterday’s Weather (Random House)
- Shena Mackay, The Atmospheric Railway (Random House)
- Ali Smith, The First Person and Other Stories (Hamish Hamilton)
Beckett, who said he'd tried writing stories without the science fiction element, but found himself thinking "oh, just put a robot in it", was also pleased to be "recognised outside the field" of science fiction. "It's nice company to be in," he said. "I never understand people saying that short story collections don't sell. It's odd, because we're always being told what a short attention span everyone has nowadays, so you would have thought that short stories would be popular. [They're] different to a novel in that they're much more concentrated. It would be much more work to write an 80,000 word short story collection than an 80,000 word novel ... That's the beauty of the short story – it can be very rich, densely packed."