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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 While unpublished stories are welcome, published stories must have appeared after 31 December 2016.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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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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