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OUR 2016 WINNER: JONATHAN TEL


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

  • Read The Winning Story