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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 While unpublished stories are welcome, published stories must have appeared after 31 December 2016.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 deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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