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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