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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 While unpublished stories are welcome, published stories must have appeared after 31 December 2016.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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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. His conversations appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. Born in Aba, he combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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