We are really, really, really delighted to share that E.J. Swift's "The Spiders of Stockholm" has been selected for the longlist of the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
The prize's mission is to "promote and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story". This year's longlist features writers from all over the world, including two Man Booker longlistees (Joseph O’Neill and Whitbread winner Mark Haddon), two Guardian first book award-winners (Yiyun Li and Colin Barrett), and two Costa finalists (Erin Soros and Louise Doughty).
Also David Peace, who is David Peace.
The winner will receive £30,000, and the five other shortlisted writers will each receive £1,000. The shortlist will be announced in The Sunday Times on 1 March. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner at Stationer’s Hall in London on Friday 24 April.
Judge Aminatta Forna, novelist and critic says:
It’s been a hugely enjoyable experience so far. There is a pleasing breadth of subject matter from the adventures of a Nigerian political ingenue to the child who imagines she can talk to spiders. What’s more, and deeply important to me as a judge, these imaginative and often ambitious stories are crafted out of the most gorgeous prose.
Aminatta’s fellow judges are film and theatre director Sir Richard Eyre, critic and broadcaster Alex Clark and internationally acclaimed Turkish novelist, columnist and speaker Elif Shafak. Completing the line-up are Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of The Sunday Times, and Lord Matthew Evans, co-founder of the Award (non-voting Chair of Judges).
"The Spiders of Stockholm" was first published in Irregularity (Jurassic London, 2014), an anthology of original fiction published in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum, and released as part of their celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Act. (Paperback / ebook)