- Diana Athill – ‘A Hopeless Case’
- Kevin Barry – ‘Beer Trip to Llandudno’
- Evgenia Citkowitz – ‘Business Class’
- Will Cohu – ‘Two Bad Thumbs’
- Emma Donoghue – ‘The Hunt’
- Jackie Kay – ‘These Are Not My Clothes’
- A L Kennedy – ‘Late in Life’
- Jean Kwok – ‘Where the Gods Fly’
- Barrie de Lara – ‘Dinner at Benutti's’
- Tom Lee – ‘The Current’
- Toby Litt – ‘The Sandy’
- Alison MacLeod – ‘The Heart of Denis Noble’
- Martin Malone – ‘Valley of the Peacock Angel’
- Robert Minhinnick – ‘El Aziz: Some Pages From His Notebooks’
- Linda Oatman High – ‘Nickel Mines Hardware’
- Alison Pimlott – ‘Five Year Diary’
- Tamara Pollock – ‘Elsa’
- Alex Preston – ‘The Bridge Over Shuto Expressway No. 1’
- Lionel Shriver – ‘Prepositions’
- Johanna Skibsrud – ‘Fat Man and Little Boy’
Monday, February 20, 2012
Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2012.-Longlist announced in London
A short story containing only text messages is in the running to win the prestigious Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2012. Will Cohu’s ‘Two Bad Thumbs’ – the story of a relationship told through the texts of two lovers – will, however, face stiff competition from a whole host of bestselling and garlanded authors, including Diana Athill, Lionel Shriver, Emma Donoghue and Toby Litt. The £30,000 Award is the biggest in the world for a single short story.
The judges have narrowed their search for an outstanding story of up to 6,000 words to a longlist of 20. The other stories on the 2012 longlist include three addressing the topical issue of caring for parents and an aging population, as well as stories drawing on the historical events of 9/11, the American War of Independence, the atomic attack on Japan in 1945, and the 1988 atrocities in Kurdistan.
The longlisted authors, 10 women and 10 men, range in age from 31 to 94 and are drawn from as far afield as Hong Kong, Ireland, the USA, Canada and the UK. Will Cohu is longlisted for the third consecutive year. In the two previous years he has gone on to feature in the shortlist. Jackie Kay, A L Kennedy and Kevin Barry have also been longlisted in previous years.
The 20 longlisted writers and the titles of their short stories:
The winner will receive £30,000, and the five shortlisted writers will this year each receive £1000 – double the 2011 prize money – as well as having their work published online and in an anthology published by Waterstones. This will be available to purchase in store and through waterstones.com from March 5.
Readers can savour all six shortlisted stories at a series of special events at Waterstones Piccadilly on March 27, 28 and 29, all featuring readings by a stellar line-up of acting talent. As well as being able to hear the stories, audience members can meet some of the shortlisted authors, talk to judges about their choices, and pick up a copy of the anthology. These events are being produced in conjunction with WordTheatre.