Twenty authors made it onto the Longlist for the 2011 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Click on the pictures to find out about each writer.
Anthony Doerr was born in Cleveland, USA in 1973. A short story writer and novelist, he has won three O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Hodder Fellowhip at Princeton University, and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. His most recent novel, All the Light We Cannot See, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Photograph © Ulf Anderson
Clare Wigfall’s debut book of stories, The Loudest Sound and Nothing, was published in the UK by Faber & Faber in 2007. The collection’s opening story The Numbers was awarded the 2008 BBC National Short Story Award. Wigfall is also the author of a children’s picture-book called Has Anyone Seen My Chihuahua? (2011).
Photograph © Troy Giunipero
Fuck Being Happy
Born in Norfolk in 1947 David Miller spent most of his career in advertising, as a copywriter and later a creative director at Ogilvy & Mather where for a few years he shared an office with Salman Rushdie. He took an extended sabbatical, travelling alone through the war-torn border areas of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa, resulting in a adult thriller The Hyena Run, published under the pen-name David Morton.
Erin Soros’s stories have been published internationally and have been produced for the radio by the CBC and BBC. She won the Commonwealth Prize for the Short Story in 2006, the 2007 Charles Pick Fellowship at the University of East Anglia and was shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Award 2008. She was awarded 2nd prize for the Costa Short Story Award 2016.
Photograph © Sanny Leviste
Born in Manchester in 1931, former bus conductor and sailor Acker has been a journalist for the last 20 years. He has won The Sunday Times travel writer of the year award, and written travel stories for the BBC. After retiring, Acker became Consultant Editor to Hydropower & Dams and completed an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths in 2007.
Photograph © Cherry Potts
The Family Whistle
Gerard Woodward was born in London in 1961 and studied art and anthropology. He has published five poetry collections including We Were Pedestrians (2005), which was shortlisted for the 2005 T.S. Eliot Prize. His 2004 novel I’ll Go To Bed At Noon was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Woodward lives in Bath, where he is Professor of Fiction at Bath Spa University and Director of its Contemporary Writing Centre.
Hilary Mantel CBE was born in Glossop, Derbyshire in 1952. After studying Law, she was employed as a social worker then lived in Botswana for five years, followed by four years in Saudi Arabia, returning to Britain in the 1980s. Her novel, Wolf Hall (2009), won the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Walter Scott Prize and was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award and 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. Its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies (2012), also won the Man Booker, as well as the Costa Book Awards. In 2006 she was awarded a CBE, and in 2014 the DBE.
Photograph © Els Zweerink
Fjord of Killary
Born in Ireland, Kevin Barry is the author of two collections of short stories, and the novel City of Bohane, which was the winner of the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His 2015 novel Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize.
Photograph © Hugh O’Connor
Black and White Dog
Artist and writer Louise Stern was born in 1978 and grew up in Fremont, California. She is the fourth generation of her family to be born deaf. Educated at Gallaudet University and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, she moved to London in 2002. Her art has been exhibited around the world. Her first book, Chattering: Stories, was published in June 2010. The twelve stories in the book look at silence and communication. Her first novel, Ismael and His Sisters, was published in 2015.
Photograph © Steve Fisher
Born in London in August 1942, Meira Chand is of Indian-Swiss parentage. She has lived much of her adult life in Japan and India. She lives in Singapore, and in 2007 she was appointed a Distinguished Reader at the National Library of Singapore, in recognition of her services to literature. She has published eight novels, the most recent of which, A Different Sky (2010), was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2012.
Photograph © Luke Bartholomew Tan
In the Woods with a Dead Dog
Michel Faber has written five works of short fiction and six novels, including the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White and the Whitbread-shortlisted novel Under the Skin. He has has won several short-story awards, including the Neil Gunn, Ian St James and Macallan.
History Becomes You
Robert Shearman was born in the UK in February 1970. He read English Literature at Exeter University before becoming a playwright, writing regularly for Alan Ayckbourn at his theatre in Scarborough. A winner of the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, he has written for TV including, Dr Who. In 2007 he started writing prose fiction. His collection, Tiny Deaths, won the World Fantasy Award, and the follow-up, Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical (2009), won the Shirley Jackson Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Edge Hill Short Story Readers Prize. His latest work of fiction is They Do the Same Things Different There (2014).
Photograph © Barnaby Edwards
The Fluorescent Jacket
Roshi Fernando was born in London of Sri Lankan parents. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Swansea. She won the 2009 Impress Prize for New Writers, was longlisted for the 2011 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, was given a special commendation by the judges of the Manchester Fiction Prize and was longlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Fish Prize. Her debut collection of stories, Homesick, was published in 2013.
Photograph © Lisa Fellows
Sarah Hall is the author of Haweswater, which won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award, and a Lakeland Book of the Year prize. In 2004, her second novel, The Electric Michelangelo, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her fourth novel, How To Paint A Dead Man, published in 2009, was longlisted for the Man Booker prize and won the 2010 Portico Prize. Her first collection of short stories, The Beautiful Indifference (2011) won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2012 and the Edge Hill short story prize, and was also short-listed for the Frank O’Connor Prize. Sarah won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013 with Mrs Fox. Her latest novel, The Wolf Border, was published in 2015.
Photograph © Nadav Kander
Susan Hill is an author, publisher and reviewer. Her books include I’m the King of the Castle, winner of the W Somerset Maugham Award, The Albatross, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and The Bird of Night, which won the Whitbread Award for Fiction.
Possibly Forty Ships
Tibor Fischer was born in Stockport, England in 1959 to Hungarian parents. He was selected as one of the 20 Best of Young British Novelists 2 by Granta in 1993. His first novel, Under the Frog (1992), was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction. His other fiction includes The Thought Gang (1994), The Collector Collector (1997), Don’t Read This Book If You’re Stupid (2000), Voyage to the End of the Room (2003), Good to Be God (2008) and Crushed Mexican Spiders (2011).
Not that it Matters
Tobias Hill was born in London in 1970. In 2003 the TLS nominated him as one the best young writers in Britain. In 2004 he was selected as one of the country’s Next Generation poets. His collection of stories, Skin, won the PEN/Macmillan Prize for Fiction. His fiction includes The Love of Stones (2001) which has been published in seven languages and 11 countries. His latest novel is What Was Promised (2014).
East West – West Coast
Will Cohu was born in Yorkshire in 1964. His books include Urban Dog (2001) and Out of the Woods (2007). His memoir, The Wolf Pit, was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize and he published his first much-acclaimed first novel, Nothing But Grass, was published in 2015.
Life by Accident
Born in 1973 Xiaolu Guo is a screenwriter, director and writer. Her first feature film How is Your Fish Today was in Official Selection for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Her first novel to be translated into English, Village of Stone (2004), was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the International Dublin IMPAC Awards. Her third novel, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, was the first she has written in English and was nominated for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel, I Am China, was published in 2014.
Photograph © Stephen Barker
The Science of Flight
Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction. She was selected by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists under 35, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under 40. She lives in Oakland, California.
Photograph © Roger Turesson