OUR 2016 WINNER: JONATHAN TEL
21st Apr 2016
JONATHAN TEL WINS THE 2016 SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD
At a gala dinner at the Stationers’ Hall in London on Friday, April 22, Jonathan Tel received the 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for his story, The Human Phonograph.
Photograph © Francesco Guidicini
Tel is the first British recipient of the award, whose list of past winners includes Pulitzer Prize-winners Junot Diaz, Anthony Doerr and Adam Johnson, Yiyun Li, CK Stead and Kevin Barry.
The £30,000 prize, the richest in the world for a single story, attracts entries from an extraordinary range of writers from around the world. Over 850 entered this year – a record for the award, and past shortlistees have included Emma Donoghue and Hilary Mantel.
Tel, the author of a novel (Freud’s Alphabet), a collection of short stories (Arafat’s Elephant) and a short story sequence (The Beijing of Possibilities), has already been recognised by the award. His story The Shoe King of Shanghai, taken like The Human Phonograph from a putative collection of linked stories about China, was shortlisted for the 2014 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
Watch an extract from Jonathan Tel’s winning story, read for WordTheatre by Selina Lo