Fourteen authors have made it onto the longlist for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award which has a winning prize of £30,000. The Award is the world’s richest prize for a single short story in the English language. It aims to promote and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story and has attracted entries from some of the world’s finest writers.
Included are four Irish writers Christine Dwyer Hickey, Lisa McInerney, Sally Rooney & Ethel Rohan who’ve been longlisted. Lisa McInerney, also won last year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Desmond Elliott Prize and is debut author of The Glorious Heresies was longlisted for her short story “Navigation”. On receiving the news she said via Twitter: “I am so pleased about this I’m levitating.”
Only two British authors made the 14-strong longlist this year which are Daisy Johnson for Blood Rites and Richard Lambert for The Hazel Twig and Olive Tree.
The longlist is also made up by seven American writers, including Celeste Ng whose second novel Little Fires Everywhere, Elizabeth McCracken and Smith Henderson.
Also longlisted is commissioning editor of Elle India, Anjali Joseph; Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This (Two Roads); adjunct professor at Columbia University, Kathleen Alcott; and PEN USA Award-winner Victor Lodato.
The shortlist of six will be announced on March 19, and the winner will be announced at a gala dinner at Stationers’ Hall in London on Thursday, April 27.