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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 While unpublished stories are welcome, published stories must have appeared after 31 December 2016.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 was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, he is the author of the short stories: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Submissions Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor 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. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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