The novelist Petina Gappah was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in 2016.

Submissions have begun for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

Founded in 2010 and run by The Society of Authors, the £30,000 award is the richest in the world for a single short story. Shortlisted authors take home £1,000.

The prize considers only stories up to 6,000 words written in English by authors previously published in the UK or Ireland. While unpublished stories are welcome, published stories must have appeared after 31 December 2016.

Deadline: 6pm (GMT), 28 September 2017.

In 2015, Rotimi Babatunde’s “The Collected Tricks of Houdini” made their longlist. In 2016, Petina Gappah’s “The News of Her Death” made their shortlist.

Previous winners are C.K. Stead in 2010 for”Last Season’s Man,” Anthony Doerr in 2011 for “The Deep,” Kevin Barry in 2012 for “Beer Trip to Llandudno,” Junot Diaz in 2013 for “Miss Lora,” Adam Johnson in 2014 for “Nirvana,” Yiyun Li in 2015 for “A Sheltered Woman,” and Jonathan Tel in 2016 for “The Human Phonograph.”

Find out more HERE.

Submit HERE.

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NOTE: Brittle Paper has no stake in this initiative. Enquiries should be directed to The Society of Authors at  stefgqueries@societyofauthors.org.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young’s writing has been shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award, and nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in Transition (“A Tenderer Blessing,” 2015), The Threepenny Review (“Mulumba,” 2016), and Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (“You Sing of a Longing,” 2017), an anthology of The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His work further appears in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays, Africa in Dialogue, and Brittle Paper, where he is submissions editor. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series: a sequence of concept-based e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness. The first anthology, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (Oct., 2016) focuses on cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017) focuses on professions. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently teaches English at another Nigerian university. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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