The Sunday Times Short Story Award longlist has been announced

The Sunday Times Short Story Award longlist has been announced
1 February 2015

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


Last year, newcomer Anna Metcalfe was selected as one of the shortlisted writers for her story 'Number Three', although she eventually lost out to Adam Johnson's 'Nirvana'.


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.


Find out more about this year's longlist


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