Sunday Times short story shortlist is out

Thunderstruck & other storiesThe Sunday Times short story award  is open to stories under 6,000 words written by fiction writers who have been published in the UK or Ireland. The winner of the prize receives £30,000, the other shortlisted writers each receive £1,000. In the six years the award has been running, it has never been won by a British writer, or a woman.

Yiyun Li, a previous nominee – “A Sheltered Woman” follows a Chinese-American nanny. Her latest novel is Kinder than Solitude

American author Elizabeth McCracken“Hungry”(this is in Thunderstruck)

Canadian writer Madeleine Thien“The Wedding Cake”, which sees four friends who grew up in war-torn Lebanon reuniting after decades apart.

Kinder than solitude: a novelBritish newcomer Rebecca F John – “The Glove Maker’s Numbers“, about a woman grieving over her brother.

New Zealander Paula Morris –  “False River”

American writer Scott O’Connor -“Interstellar Space”.

Previous winners include Pultizer Prize-winners Adam Johnson and Junot Diaz.

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