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The 2014 judges

One of the great strengths of The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the quality and experience of its judging panels which have featured an array of outstanding writers.


Andrew Holgate

Andrew Holgate

Andrew Holgate has been the Literary Editor of The Sunday Times since 2008. Amongst many other prizes and awards, he has previously been a judge for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Orwell Prize, the Somerset Maugham Awards and the Betty Trask Prize. He is also a member of the Folio Prize Academy.


Matthew Evans

Matthew Evans

Matthew Evans is the Award’s non-voting Chair of Judges. Lord Evans CBE is the former Chairman of EFG Private Bank. Prior to joining EFG, Lord Evans was a junior government minister in the House of Lords, Chairman of Faber & Faber and Vice Chairman of the British Film Institute. He is also President of the British Antique Dealers’ Association.

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Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is Turkey's most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. She has published 12 books, nine of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Honour and her genre-crossing memoir Black Milk. Her latest novel, The Architect's Apprentice was published in November 2014. Her books have been translated into 39 languages.

Shafak is also a political commentator. She is a regular contributor to major newspapers in Turkey, as well as several international daily & weekly publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, Time and The Newsweek. She is a TED Global speaker, a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on The Role of Arts in Society and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). She was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2010.

Elif is married with two children and divides her time between London and Istanbul.

Elif Shafak is Turkey's most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. She has published 12 books, nine of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Honour and her genre-crossing memoir Black Milk. Her latest novel, The Architect's Apprentice was published in November 2014. Her books have been translated into 39 languages.

Shafak is also a political commentator. She is a regular contributor to major newspapers in Turkey, as well as several international daily & weekly publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, Time and The Newsweek. She is a TED Global speaker, a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on The Role of Arts in Society and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). She was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2010.

Elif is married with two children and divides her time between London and Istanbul.


David Baddiel

David Baddiel

David Baddiel has written and performed in a series of highly successful comedy shows on British TV, including The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Fantasy Football and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. In 1993, he became the first comedian to perform

at Wembley Arena. He wrote the hit film The Infidel, and is the author of four novels: Time For Bed, Whatever Love Means, The Secret Purposes, and The Death of Eli Gold. He has been a judge of the Man Booker Prize and wrote a books column in The Times for five years. In 2013 he performed, to wide acclaim, his first stand-up show for fifteen years: Fame: Not the Musical. He lives in London with his family.


John Carey

John Carey

John Carey is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. His books include studies of Donne, Milton, Dickens and Thackeray, as well as a choice of the 50 most enjoyable books of the 20th century, Pure Pleasure, a biography of William Golding, and two controversial cultural studies, The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?


Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall is the author of Haweswater (2003), which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for best first novel, The Electric Michelangelo (2004) which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Prix Femina Etranger and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and The Carhullan Army (2007), which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was listed as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by The Times. Her most recent novel, How to Paint a Dead Man (2009) won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2010 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her first collection of short stories, The Beautiful Indifference was published in 2012. It won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2012, the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and was short-listed for the Frank O’Connor Prize. Besides writing, Hall has judged prestigious literary awards such as The Folio Prize, The John Llewellyn Rhys, the David Cohen Prize for Literature, the Northern Writers Awards and several short story competitions. She lives in Norwich with her partner, who is a doctor.