Meet the judges
Sebastian Faulks is the author of the bestsellers A Week in December, A Possible Life, Human Traces, On Green Dolphin Street, Charlotte Gray and Birdsong, which has sold more than three million copies. His latest novel, Where My Heart Used to Beat, was published in 2016 in Hutchinson hardback and then Vintage paperback. His latest book, Pistache Returns, is a collection of satirical and surprising parodies.
An international lawyer and writer from Zimbabwe, Petina Gappah is the author of two critically acclaimed short story collections, An Elegy for Easterly and Rotten Row, and a novel, The Book of Memory, winner of The McKitterick Prize. Her short stories have been published in The New Yorker, A Public Space and other journals, and have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom, The London Train, Clever Girl and The Past, and two collections of short stories, Sunstroke and Married Love. She lives in London and is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker and other magazines.
Andrew Holgate has been the Literary Editor of The Sunday Times since 2008. Amongst many other prizes and awards, he has previously been a judge for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Orwell Prize, the Somerset Maugham Awards and the Betty Trask Prize. He is also a member of the Folio Prize Academy.
Mark Lawson is a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He recently published his fifth novel, The Allegations, and his latest radio play, Holy Father, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. His work as a broadcaster includes Front Row and Foreign Bodies (Radio 4), Mark Lawson Talks To… (BBC FOUR), and Late Review / Newsnight Review (BBC TWO). He is a critic and feature writer for The Guardian and theatre critic of The Tablet.
One of the great strengths of The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the quality and experience of its judging panels which have featured an array of outstanding writers.
Our 2018 judges are: