Former Waterstones eleven debut author makes Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist.
The shortlist for this year’s Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award was announced this morning, and Marjorie Celona – author of Waterstones eleven 2013 debut title Y – finds herself up against Pulitzer Prize winning writers Elizabeth Strout and Adam Johnson in pursuit of the prize.
British authors are also strongly represented, with Anna Metcalfe and Jonathan Tel being joined by Granta Young British Novelist Tahmima Anam on the list of six.
Sunday Times critic, and member of the judging panel, John Carey acknowledged that picking a winner “will be a real headache.”
“What’s remarkable about this year’s shortlist,” Carey added, “is not just the power of the writing but the astonishing diversity of imaginative approaches.”
Sunday Times Literary Editor Andrew Holgate said he was particularly proud of the prize’s “well-proven ability, in the shape of Anna Metcalfe and Jonathan Tel, to discover exciting new voices.”
Since it was established in 2010, has never been awarded to either a woman or a British writer.
The overall winner, announced on 4th April, will receive £30,000 whilst the other shortlisted authors will take away £1,000.
The shortlist in full
Tahmima Anam – Anwar Gets Everything
Marjorie Celona – Othello
Adam Johnson – Nirvana
Anna Metcalfe – Number Three
Elizabeth Strout – Snow Blind
Jonathan Tel – The Shoe King of Shanghai