The Sunday Times Short Story Award longlist has been announced
Mark Haddon, Elizabeth McCracken, David Peace and newcomers Julianne Pachico and Rebecca F John amongst those on the list.
The 19-strong longlist is made up of writers from four different continents and features Guardian first book award-winners, a Whitbread winner and two Costa finalists.
Now in its sixth year, the award has a reputation for showcasing new writers. This year Julianne Pachico, still at UEA, makes the list with her story 'Lucky', alongside Welsh writer Rebecca F John, whose debut collection, Clown's Shoes is not published until later this year by Parthian.
The complete longlist
The Collected Tricks of Houdini by Rotimi Babatunde
The Ways by Colin Barrett
The Indian Uprising by Ann Beattie
Fat White Cop with Ginger Eyebrows by Louise Doughty
Qualities of the Modern Farmer by Emily Franklin
The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon
The Glove Maker’s Numbers by Rebecca F John
A Sheltered Woman by Yiyun Li
Hungry by Elizabeth McCracken
False River by Paula Morris
Interstellar Space by Scott O’Connor
Jules Verne Seeks Dreamers for Long-Distance Travel in Time by Mary O’Donoghue
The Referees by Joseph O’Neill
Lucky by Julianne Pachico
After the War, Before the War by David Peace
Holiday by Mona Simpson
Still Water, BC by Erin Soros
The Spiders of Stockholm by EJ Swift
The Wedding Cake by Madeleine Thien
Speaking about the longlisted stories, judge Aminatta Forna said:
It's been a hugely enjoyable experience so far. There is a pleasing breadth of subject matter from the adventures of a Nigerian political ingenue to the child who imagines she can talk to spiders. What's more, and deeply important to me as a judge, these imaginative and often ambitious stories are crafted out of the most gorgeous prose.
The shortlist will be revealed in March and the winner will be announced at an award ceremony at Stationer's Hall on 24 April. The winner will receive £30,000 and the other five shortlisted writers will receive £1,000 each.