Sixteen authors made it onto the Longlist for the 2014 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Click on the pictures to find out about each writer.
Adam is Associate Professor of English at Stanford University.
A Whiting Writers Award winner, his work has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, Playboy, GQ, The New York Times and Best American Short Stories. He is the author of two short story collections – Emporium, and Fortune Smiles, which won the 2015 National Book Award – and two novels - Parasites Like Us, and The Orphan Master’s Son, which received the 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. His books have been translated into twenty-nine languages. Johnson was a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow.
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The Expectation of Anywhere
Alissa is author of the novel Tampa and the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. Her most recent writing has been published in Dazed and Confused, Salon.com, and The New York Times. She is a professor of Creative Writing and Literature at John Carroll University, and lives in Ohio with her partner Shawn and their daughter.
Anna was born in Westphalia in 1987. In 2012, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Since then, her work has been published in Lighthouse, Elbow Room and Tender Journal. She lives in Norwich. Her first collection of stories, Blind Water Pass, is being published in May 2016.
On Commercial Hill
Carys’ debut collection of short stories Some New Ambush (2007) was longlisted for the 2008 Wales Book of the Year, shortlisted for the 2009 Roland Mathias Prize and a finalist for the 2009 Calvino Prize in the US. She was the winner of the 2010 Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Award and the 2011 Royal Society of Literature’s VS Pritchett Prize. In 2013 she won a Northern Writers’ Award and was a finalist for the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen Short Story Prize and the Manchester Fiction Prize. Carys’s second collection of short stories, The Redemption of Galen Pike, won the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize.
Her stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and appeared in anthologies, magazines and on-line, including The Dublin Review, Granta New Writing, Prospect and The Stinging Fly. Born in Wales, she grew up in the Midlands and has worked as a freelance journalist in London, New York and Chicago. She now lives in Lancaster.
Clare read History at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she was a Senior Scholar and graduated with a Double First. She spent eleven years in advertising, working both in the UK and in the USA. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Great Stink, was published by Viking in 2005. It was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and won both the Pendleton May First Novel award and the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices award. She has three more novels: The Nature of Monsters; Savage Lands, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2010 and Beautiful Lies.
Clare is a regular contributor to the Guardian’s literary pages and writes for several other broadsheet newspapers, both in the UK and the USA. She also works as a guest tutor for the Creative Writing MA at City University, and sits on the advisory board to the Cheltenham Literary Festival. Clare is married with two children and lives in London. Her fifth novel, We That Are Left, was published in 2015
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Daniel Woodrell was born in the Missouri Ozarks, where he still lives. He left school and enlisted in the Marines the week he turned seventeen, and received his BA at the age of twenty-seven. He also has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of eight novels including Winter’s Bone, the film of which was nominated for four Oscars in 2011, Woe to Live On, the basis for the film Ride with the Devildirectedby Ang Lee, and Tomato Red, which won the PEN West Award for fiction in 1999. Five of his novels have been selected as New York TimesNotable Books of the year. His most recent novel was The Maid’s Version, published in 2013.
Photograph © Katie Estill
Learning to Swim
David Park has written nine books including The Big Snow, Swallowing the Sun, The Truth Commissioner, The Light of Amsterdam, which was shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Prize, and, most recently, The Poets’ Wives, which was selected as Belfast’s Choice for One City One Book 2014. He has won the Authors’ Club First Novel Award, the Bass Ireland Arts Award for Literature, the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award and the University of Ulster’s McCrea Literary Award, three times. He has received a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and been shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year Award three times. He lives in County Down, Northern Ireland. His new novel, Gods and Angels, is published in May 2016.
Photograph © Bobbie Hanvey
Elizabeth is the author of five books of fiction, most recently the novel My Name Is Lucy Barton. She won the Pultizer Prize in 2009 for Olive Kitteridge, which was made into an HBO series, and Amy and Isabelle was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for Fiction, the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her work has been published in a number of different countries; Italy awarded her the Premio Bancarella Award in June 2010. Elizabeth originally trained as a lawyer, graduating from Syracuse University College of Law with a JD and a Certificate of Gerontology in 1982. She then moved to New York where she taught for many years at Manhattan Community College while writing. She has one daughter, and now divides her time between New York and Maine.
Photograph © Leonardo Cendamo
When Words Change the Molecular Composition of Water
Jenni lives in Scotland. In 2013 she was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists, and appointed as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Edinburgh. A Waterstones 11 pick of the best debut novels of 2013, her debut novel The Panopticon was shortlisted for the 2013 James Tait Black and Desmond Elliot Prizes. Jenni is also the author of several short stories and poems. She has one son and lives in Fife.
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Jonathan is a British author living in New York. He is the author of three novels: High Dive, Who Is Mr Satoshi? and Joy. Joy was shortlisted for the 2013 Encore Award for best second novel, Who Is Mr Satoshi was nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2010 and shortlisted for an MJA Open Book Award in 2010.
Jonathan has also been the recipient of a Society Of Authors K Blundell Trust Award (2012). His work has appeared in Granta Magazine, Guernica Magazine, The Paris Review Daily and the Brooklyn-based literary journal A Public Space. He is currently at work on his third novel.
Photograph © Tanja Kernweiss
The Shoe King of Shanghai
Jonathan wrote The Beijing of Possibilities, which was longlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Award. His story The Human Phonograph was the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Jonathan is a poet, librettist, and quantum physicist. He has lived in Beijing, Tokyo, Jerusalem, London, Berlin, San Francisco, and New York.
Photograph © Francesco Guidicini
Sanders for a Night
Kevin is the author of the novel The Family Fang, which has been published in over a dozen countries and was chosen as a Best Book of 2011 by several publications including Time, People and Esquire, and by Ann Patchett in Salon and Nick Hornby in The Guardian. It was featured on the TV Book Club in the UK, and is currently in pre-production as a feature film starring Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman.
His story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, won the Shirley Jackson Award, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, Tin House, One Story, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the KHN Center for the Art. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife, the poet Leigh Anne Couch, and their two sons, Griff and Patch. He is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at The University of the South.
Marjorie is the author of the novel Y, which was a Waterstones’ 11 debut pick and finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harvard Review, Glimmer Train, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she was born on Vancouver Island, she now lives in the United States.
Photograph © Bettina Strauss
Somebody Else’s Bed
M J Hyland is an ex-lawyer and the author of multiple short stories and three novels: How the Light Gets In, Carry Me Down and This is How. Carry Me Down was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was winner of both the Hawthornden Prize & The Encore Prize. M J Hyland has also been longlisted for The Orange Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Dublin International IMPAC, and was shortlisted for the William Hazlitt Essay Prize in 2013. She has twice been shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Prize. She has a B.A (Hons), L.L.B (Hons) M.A (Hons) and studied at both the University of Melbourne & University College Dublin.
Before quitting law to write full-time she worked as a commercial solicitor for seven years and lectured in criminal law at two universities. As well as broadcast work, M J has published articles in many newspapers and magazines, is a lecturer in Creative Writing in The Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester, runs regular Fiction Masterclasses in The Guardian Masterclass Programme and is also co-founder of The Hyland & Byrne Editing Firm.
Anwar Gets Everything
Tahmima was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is the author of The Good Muslim and A Golden Age, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. In 2013 she was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in Dhaka and London and is a Contributing Opinion Writer for the New York Times. Her new novel, The Bones of Grace, is published in May 2016.
Photograph © Zahedul I Khan
Taiye was born in London to Nigerian and Ghanaian parents. She holds a BA in American studies from Yale University and an MPhil in international relations from Oxford. Selasi made her fiction debut in Granta in 2011 with The Sex Lives of African Girls, which was selected for Best American Short Stories 2012. Her first novel, Ghana Must Go, was published in March 2013. The same year she was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.
Photograph © Nancy Crampton