The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014
A prestigious panel of judges has been announced for the world’s most valuable prize for a single short story. The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is worth £30,000 to the winning author. This year’s judging panel will comprise novelist, comic, critic and former Man Booker judge David Baddiel, Booker shortlisted novelist and short story writer Sarah Hall, internationally acclaimed Turkish writer Elif Shafak and Sunday Times chief literary critic and former Man Booker Chair Professor John Carey. Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of The Sunday Times completes the line-up, alongside the non-voting chair of judges Matthew Evans, Chairman of EFG Private Bank.
A truly international prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK. Last year's winner was Junot Diaz for his story 'Miss Lora'.
The judges are looking for an outstanding English-language story of 6,000 words or under from a fiction author from anywhere in the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. The winner will receive £30,000, and the five shortlisted writers will each receive £1,000 as well as having their work published online.
The deadline for submissions has now closed. A longlist will be announced in February 2014 and the winner in April 2014.
John Carey is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. His books include studies of Donne, Milton, Dickens and Thackeray, as well as a choice of the 50 most enjoyable books of the 20th century, Pure Pleasure, a biography of William Golding, and two controversial cultural studies, The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?
Sarah Hall is the author of Haweswater (2003), which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for best first novel, The Electric Michelangelo (2004) which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Prix Femina Etranger and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and The Carhullan Army (2007), which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was listed as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by The Times. Her most recent novel, How to Paint a Dead Man (2009) won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2010 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her first collection of short stories, The Beautiful Indifference was published in 2012. It won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2012, the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and was short-listed for the Frank O'Connor Prize. Besides writing, Hall has judged prestigious literary awards such as The Folio Prize, The John Llewellyn Rhys, the David Cohen Prize for Literature, the Northern Writers Awards and several short story competitions. She lives in Norwich with her partner, who is a doctor.
Andrew Holgate has been the Literary Editor of The Sunday Times since 2008. Amongst many other prizes and awards, he has previously been a judge for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Orwell Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Betty Trask Award.
Elif Shafak is Turkey's most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. She writes in both English and Turkish, and has published 12 books, eight of which are novels, including: The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Honour and her genre-crossing memoir Black Milk. Her books have been translated into 39 languages. Shafak is also a political commentator. She is a regular contributor to major newspapers in Turkey, as well as several international daily & weekly publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, Time and The Newsweek. She is a TED Global speaker, a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on The Role of Arts in Society and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). She was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2010. Shafak is an active social media figure with over one million Twitter followers http://twitter.com/Elif_Safak. Her website is www.elifshafak.com. Elif is married with two children and divides her time between London and Istanbul.
Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the myriad stories of women, minorities, immigrants, subcultures, youth and global souls. Her work draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, as well as deep interest in history, philosophy, Sufism, oral culture, and cultural politics. She also has a keen eye for black humour.
Matthew Evans is the Awards non-voting Chair of Judges. Lord Evans CBE is currently Chairman of EFG Private Bank. Prior to joining EFG, Lord Evans was a junior government minister in the House of Lords, Chairman of Faber & Faber and Vice Chairman of the British Film Institute. He is also President of the British Antique Dealers’ Association.
David Baddiel has written and performed in a series of highly successful comedy shows on British TV, including The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Fantasy Football and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. In 1993, he became the first comedian to perform at Wembley Arena. He wrote the hit film The Infidel, and is the author of four novels: Time For Bed, Whatever Love Means, The Secret Purposes, and The Death of Eli Gold. He has been a judge of the Man Booker Prize and wrote a books column in The Times for five years. In 2013 he performed, to wide acclaim, his first stand-up show for fifteen years: Fame: Not the Musical. He lives in London with his family.
About the The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014
The world’s richest award for a single short story
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award honours the finest writers of short stories across the world. Worth £30,000 to the winning author, and £1,000 to each of its five annual shortlisted writers, it is open to anyone with a previous record of publication in creative writing in the UK or Ireland, subject to our terms and conditions.
The prize follows the success in The Sunday Times Magazine of a regular story slot which attracted some of the most talented names in short-story writing. The Award now stands alone and proudly celebrates the very best work in the genre.
The entry period for the 2014 Award has now closed. The winner of next year's prize will be announced in April 2014.
More information and news about the prize can be found at the dedicated website: www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/stefg or for regular updates follow @Booktrust, @ShortStory on Twitter. The hashtag is #stefg14
2013 Junot Díaz 'Miss Lora'
2012 Kevin Barry 'Beer Trip to Llandudno'
2011 Anthony Doerr 'The Deep'
2010 C K Stead 'Last Season's Man'
For reference please see the entry forms and terms and conditions below.