21.01.13 | Charlotte Williams - The BooksellerAli Smith, Toby Litt, Mark Haddon and Adam Foulds are also among the longlisted names, with 12 of the 16 stories coming from UK-based authors.
Among the international authors on the longlist are American Claire Vaye Watkins and Philomena Kearney Byrne, as well as Belinda McKeon from Ireland and Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz.
The shortlist will be announced on 24th February, with the winner to be revealed on 22nd March. The winner will receive £30,000 and the five shortlisted will receive £1,000.
Judge and novelist Andrew O'Hagan said: "The short story used to be the orphan of prose fiction – a bit unloved, a bit uncelebrated. But this year's entries for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award demonstrate just how the form has grown up to be something spectacular and super-confident. The best and brightest of the new generation, as well as hundreds of world-class established authors, are not only writing short stories but submitting their favourite ones for this competition, and the judge's work this year was not easy."
The full longlist is:
• Caroline Adderson – "Erection Man"
• Junot Diaz – "Miss Lora"
• Helen Dunmore – "Spotted Dick"
• Adam Foulds – "Tunnelling"
• Mark Haddon – "The Gun"
• Sarah Hall – "Evie"
• Cynan Jones – "The Dig"
• Philomena Kearney Byrne – "Honda Fifty"
• Toby Litt – "Call it 'The Bug' Because I Have No Time to Think of a Better Title"
• Belinda McKeon – "Eyes on Me, Eyes on You"
• Mark McNay – "Ten Years Too Late"
• C D Rose – "Arkady Who Couldn"t See and Artem Who Couldn't Hear"
• Ali Smith – "The Beholder"
• Graham Swift – "I Live Alone"
• Claire Vaye Watkins – "Rondine al Nido"
• Samuel Wright – "Best Friend"
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