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The 2018 Longlist

Female and American writers are at the core of the 15-strong longlist for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which includes ten women, ten American writers and four British authors. The shortlist of six will be announced on March 18, and the winner will be announced at a gala dinner at Stationers’ Hall in London on Thursday, April 26.

Lisa Blower


Lisa Blower is an award-winning short story writer and novelist. Her work has appeared in The Guardian,Comma Press, The New Welsh Review, The Luminary, Short Story Sunday, and on Radio 4. She won the Guardian National Short Story Competition in 2009. Her debut novel ‘Sitting Ducks’ (Fair Acre Press) was shortlisted for the inaugural Arnold Bennett Prize 2017 and longlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker 2016. She has written a second novel ‘ Green Blind’ and just completed her debut short story collection ‘It’s Gone Dark over Bill’s Mother’s’, which draws heavily on her childhood in Stoke on Trent. She is now working on her third novel, ‘Pondweed’. Blower is a creative writing lecturer at Bangor University, where she studied for her PhD. She lives in Shrewsbury.