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About The Awards

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is, at £30,000 to the winner, the world’s richest prize for a single short story.

Co-founded in 2010 by Lord Matthew Evans of EFG and The Sunday Times’s Cathy Galvin, the prize is an international award that aims to promote and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story and has attracted entries from some of the world’s finest writers.

The 2015 winner of the award was the Chinese-American writer Yiyun Li. Other authors who have won or been shortlisted over the prize’s seven-year history include Kevin Barry, Junot Diaz, Anthony Doerr, Emma Donoghue, Mark Haddon, Sarah Hall, Adam Johnson, Toby Litt, Hilary Mantel, Elizabeth McCracken, Ali Smith, CK Stead, Elizabeth Strout, David Vann and Gerard Woodward.

The judges have reflected the power and prestige of the award, and have included Melvyn Bragg, AS Byatt, John Carey, Alex Clark, Sir Richard Eyre, Mark Haddon, Hanif Kureishi, Andrew O’Hagan, Will Self, Elif Shafak, Lionel Shriver, Rose Tremaine, Joanna Trollope, Sarah Waters.

The award, for a story of outstanding literary merit, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK or Ireland. As well as the winning prize of £30,000, five shortlisted authors each receive £1,000.

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Bret Anthony Johnston
Half of What Atlee Rouse Knows About Horses
United States
Jonathan Tel
The Human Phonograph
United Kingdom
Yiyun Li
The Sheltered Woman
United States/China
Adam Johnson
United States
Junot Diaz
Miss Lora
United States
Kevin Barry
Beer Trip to Llandudno
Anthony Doerr
The Deep
United States
C.K. Stead
A Man For All Seasons
New Zealand
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“It’s hard to believe that it was only in 2010 that we came together to create The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, so rapidly has it established itself as one of the most important literary prizes. Truly global in scope and reach, it has played an important role in the growing popularity of the short story. This has been thanks in no small part to the remarkable quality of entries, from established writers and undiscovered talents alike. Indeed, the role of the Award in developing talent is particularly pleasing, with a number of relatively unknown authors being brought into the spotlight. Global reach, nurturing talent and the pursuit of creative excellence are all key themes for us at EFG, making this award the perfect partnership. Here’s to many more years of outstanding short story writing!”

The entry period for the 2017 Award has now closed. Application details for the 2018 prize will be available from June.

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