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