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The 2012 longlist

Twenty authors made it onto the Longlist for the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.


Diana Athill

With their story: 'A Hopeless Cause'

Diana Athill is a British literary editor, novelist and memoirist who worked with some of the greatest writers of the 20th century at the publishing company Andre Deutsch. The author of two collections of short stories and a novel, Don’t Look at Me Like That, she has also written nine works of memoir, including Stet (2000).


Kevin Barry

With their story: 'Beer Trip to Llandudno'

As well as winning the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in 2012, Irish-born Kevin Barry was longlisted for the prize in 2011. His first short story collection, There Are Little Kingdoms (Stinging Fly Press), was published in 2007 and was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His first novel, City Of Bohane, was published in 2011 was shortlisted for both the Costa First Novel Award and the Hughes and Hughes Irish Novel of the Year and won the 2013 Impac Award. His second novel, Dark Lies the Island, was published in 2012, and his third novel Beatlebone, won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize. Kevin’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, the Granta Book of the Irish Short Story, and Best European Fiction 2011 among others and his plays have been produced in Ireland and the US.


Evgenia Citkowitz

With their story: 'Business Class'

Evegina Citkowitz was born in New York and was educated in London and the United States. Her short stories have been published in various British magazines. Her screenplay The House in Paris, based on Elizabeth Bowen’s novel, is currently in development.


Barrie de Lara

With their story: 'Dinner at Benutti's'

Barrie de Lara’s publications include the short story The Truth about Trifle, published in London Magazine. Dinner at Benutti’s won Third Prize in the Bridport Prize Competition, 2011.


Robert Minhinnick

With their story: 'El Aziz: Some Pages from His Notebooks'

Robert Minhinnick is a Welsh poet, essayist, novelist and translator. He has published seven poetry collections and several volumes of essays. He edited the magazine, Poetry Wales from 1997 until 2008. He has also translated poems from contemporary Welsh poets for an anthology, The Adulterer’s Tongue. His first novel, Sea Holly, was published in autumn 2007. Minhinnick won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem in 1999 for ‘Twenty-five Laments for Iraq’, and again in 2003 for ‘The Fox in the National Museum of Wales’. His poem ‘The Castaway’ was also shortlisted in 2004. He has also won an Eric Gregory Award (1980) and a Cholmondeley Award (1998), both awarded by the Society of Authors to British poets.


Tamara Pollock

With their story: 'Elsa'

Tamara Pollock was born in London in 1961. She received an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. She has written a number of short stories, including Jules, broadcast on Radio 4, and Holland, published in The Mechanics’ Institute Review.


Johanna Skibsrud

With their story: 'Fat Man and Little Boy'

Johanna Skibsrud was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1980. Her debut novel, The Sentimentalists, was awarded the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, making her the youngest writer to ever win Canada’s most prestigious literary prize. The book was subsequently shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award. A short story collection, This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories was published in 2011 and shortlisted for Canada’s Danuta Gleed Award. Johanna has also published two books of poetry: Late Nights With Wild Cowboys (2008), which was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award for the best first book of poetry by a Canadian poet, and I Do Not Think That I Could Love a Human Being (2010), which was short-listed for the 2011 Atlantic Poetry Prize. Her second novel, Quartet for the End of Time, was published in 2014.


Alison Pimlott

With their story: 'Five Year Diary'

Born in Cheshire, Alison Pimlott has published five crime novels under the name of Alison Taylor.


A L Kennedy

With their story: 'Late in Life'

AL Kennedy is the author of 17 books: 6 literary novels, 1 science fiction novel, 7 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She was twice included in the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list and has won the 2007 Costa Book Award and the Austrian State Prize for International Literature.


Linda Oatman High

With their story: 'Nickel Mines Hardware'

Linda Oatman High is the author of 15 books for children and teens. In addition to writing for children, she is also a journalist and songwriter who has played in several bands. She lives in Narvon, Pennsylvania.


Lionel Shriver

With their story: 'Prepositions'

Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose books include We Need to Talk About Kevin and Big Brother. Her latest book, The Mandibles, is due for publication in May 2016.


Alex Preston

With their story: 'The Bridge Over Shuto Expressway No. 1'

Alex Preston was born in 1979. He lives in London with his wife and two children. He is an author and journalist. His first novel, This Bleeding City, was published by Faber & Faber in the UK, and across twelve further territories. It won the Spear’s and Edinburgh Festival first book prizes as well as being chosen as one of Waterstones New Voices. His second book, The Revelations, was shortlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. His third, In Love and War, was published to critical acclaim in July 2014.


Tom Lee

With their story: 'The Current'

Tom Lee was born in Essex in 1974 and attended the University of East Anglia, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Goldsmith College. His stories have appeared in Zoetrope All-Story in the United States,The Dublin Review in Ireland and Zembla magazine in the UK, among others, as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 4.


Alison MacLeod

With their story: 'The Heart of Denis Noble'

Alison MacLeod is a short-story writer, novelist and essayist. Her third and most recent novel, Unexploded, was long-listed for The 2013 Man-Booker Prize and was a ‘Book of the Year’ for The Observer. Her previous works include the novels The Changeling (1996) and The Wave Theory of Angels (2005), and the short story collection Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction (2007). She has been nominated for The BBC National Short Story Award.


Emma Donoghue

With their story: 'The Hunt'

Emma Donoghue is an Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter. Her 2010 novel Room was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize2 and an international best-seller. Donoghue’s 1995 novel Hood won the Stonewall Book Award. and Slammerkin (2000) won the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction. Room was adapted into a film of the same name; which Donoghue wrote the screenplay for.


Toby Litt

With their story: 'The Sandy'

Toby Litt is an English writer and academic in the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. His books includes two collections of short stories and several novels. In 2003 he was nominated by Granta magazine as one of the 20 Best of Young British Novelists.


Jackie Kay

With their story: 'These Are Not My Clothes'

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father. The experience of being adopted by and growing up within a white family inspired her first collection of poetry, The Adoption Papers (1991), which won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award and a commendation by the Forward Poetry Prize judges in 1992. Her latest books are Red Dust Road (2010), a memoir about meeting her Nigerian birth father, and Fiere (2011), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Costa Poetry Award and the 2011 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award.


Will Cohu

With their story: 'Two Bad Thumbs'

Will Cohu was born in Yorkshire in 1964. His books include Urban Dog (2001) and Out of the Woods (2007). His memoir, The Wolf Pit, was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize and he published his first much-acclaimed first novel, Nothing But Grass, was published in 2015.


Martin Malone

With their story: 'Valley of the Peacock Angel'

Martin Malone is an Irish novelist and short story writer. His novel, The Broken Cedar (2003), was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was shortlisted for an Irish Fiction Award. His first novel, Us (2000), won the John B Keane/Sunday Independent Award. His story, “The Mango War”, the title story of his 2009 short story collection won the RTÉ Francis MacManus Award in 2004. Malone has also won the Killarney International Short Story Prize and has been on two occasions shortlisted for both a Hennessy Award and a PJ O’Connor Award.

Jen Kwok

Jean Kwok

With their story: 'Where the Gods Fly'

Jean Kwok is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in 18 countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world. Her honours include the American Library Association Alex Award and the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award.