This year’s Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award longlist has been announced, revealing a selection of longlisted short stories described as ‘the most wide-ranging yet’.
Now its fifth edition, the world’s richest prize for a single short story contains an international longlist of sixteen authors which include two Pulitzer winners (Elizabeth Strout and Adam Johnson), a former Man Booker shortlister (M J Hyland), and three 2013 Granta Best of Young Novelists (Tahmima Anam, Jenni Fagan and Taiye Selasi).
Also joining the 2014 longlist – selected this year by novelist and short story writer Sarah Hall, novelist and comic David Baddiel, Sunday Times chief literary critic John Carey, Turkish novelist and columnist Elif Shafak and Sunday Times Literary Editor, Andrew Holgate – are a number of newcomers, including 26-year-old British writer Anna Metcalfe, who is a recent graduate of the University East Anglia writing programme.
The longlist of authors and their stories, is as follows:
- Tahmima Anam – Anwar Gets Everything
- Marjorie Celona – Othello
- Clare Clark – Ward Three
- Carys Davies – On Commercial Hill
- Jenni Fagan – When Words Change the Molecular Composition of Water
- M J Hyland – Somebody Else’s Bed
- Adam Johnson – Nirvana
- Jonathan Lee – Philip’s 9 Best Christmas Presents
- Anna Metcalfe – Number Three
- Alissa Nutting – The Expectation of Anywhere
- David Park – Learning to Swim
- Taiye Selasi – Driver
- Elizabeth Strout – Snow Blind
- Jonathan Tel – The Shoe King of Shanghai
- Kevin Wilson – Sanders for a Night
- Daniel Woodrell – Johanna Stull
Speaking of this year’s longlist, judge Andrew Holgate had the following to say:
Particularly gratifying to see this year is the sheer variety of subjects tackled by the stories and how wide-ranging they are, the increasingly strong international flavour of the award – with significant American writers very keen to enter – and the huge range of experience on display.
A shortlist of six stories will be announced in the Sunday Times on the 2nd March, with the overall winner of this year’s £30,000 being revealed at a gala dinner at Stationer’s Hall, London on Friday 4th April.
A series of shortlist reading events is also planned to run in conjunction with WordTheatre, at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd April.
An ebook of shortlisted stories will also be produced, and will be available from 2nd March.
Further details can be found on The Sunday Times award website or via Booktrust, the curator of the award. Updates can also be found on Twitter under @ShortStoryAward or via the #STEFG14 hashtag. The award also has a Facebook page.