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The 2015 longlist

Nineteen authors made it onto the Longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li

With their story: 'A Sheltered Woman'

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction. Her novel, The Vagrants, won the gold medal of California Book Award for fiction, and was shortlisted for Dublin IMPAC Award. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, her second collection, was a finalist of Story Prize and shortlisted for Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Kinder Than Solitude, her latest novel, was published to critical acclaim. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages.


David Peace

With their story: 'After the War, Before the War'

David Peace is an English writer best known for his novels Red Riding Quartet (1999-2002), GB84 (2004), and The Damned Utd (2006), Peace was named one of the Best of Young British Novelists by Granta in their 2003 list.


Paula Morris

With their story: 'False River'

Paula Morris is a fiction writer of Maori and English descent from New Zealand. Paula is the author of four novels published by Penguin NZ. Rangatira (2011), about a group of Maori who visited England in 1863, won best work of fiction at the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and the Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards. She is also the author of four novels for young adults, including the The Eternal City.


Louise Doughty

With their story: 'Fat White Cop with Ginger Eyebrows'

Louise Doughty is the author of seven novels, including Apple Tree Yard, which has been published or is being translated into twenty-six languages and is currently being adapted for television. Her first novel, Crazy Paving (1995), was shortlisted for four awards including the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her sixth novel, Whatever You Love (2010) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her eighth novel, Black Water, will be published in June 2016.

Photograph © Charlie Hopkinson


Mona Simpson

With their story: 'Holiday'

Mona Simpson is an American novelist and university professor. She has written six novels and and is a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Sadie Samuelson Levy Professor in Languages and Literature at Bard College.


Elizabeth McCracken

With their story: 'Hungry'

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of two novels, The Giant’s House and Niagara Falls All Over Again, two short story collections, Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry and Thunderstruck & Other Stories, and a memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination.

She has won grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The American Academy in Berlin, among other places. 


Scott O'Connor

With their story: 'Interstellar Space'

Scott O’Connor was born in Syracuse, New York. Untouchable, his first novel, was published in 2011 and won the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. His second novel, Half World, was published in 2014. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.


Mary O'Donoghue

With their story: 'Jules Verne Seeks Dreamers for Long-Distance Travel in Time'

Mary O’Donoghue is an Irish fiction writer, poet, and translator.
Her debut novel Before the House Burns was published in 2010, She is the author of one novel, Before the House Burns, and two collections of poetry. Her short stories have been published in the Georgia Review,  the Dublin Review, Stinging Fly, the Irish Times, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor of English in the Arts and Humanities division at Babson College, Massachusetts.

Photograph © James McNaughton


Julianne Pachico

With their story: 'Lucky'

Julianne Pachico grew up in Colombia and now lives in Norwich,
where she is completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. She is the author of The Tourists and is currently completing her first collection of linked stories.

Photograph © Nic Donovan


Emily Franklin

With their story: 'Qualities of the Modern Farmer'

Emily Franklin is the author of the novels Last Night at the Cinema Circle, Liner Notes and The Girls’ Almanac. She is also the author of more than 16 young adult books including The Half-Life of Planets and Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom. A former chef, she wrote the cookbook-memoir Too Many Cooks, and 102 New Recipes.  


E J Swift

With their story: 'Spiders of Stockholm'

EJ Swift is the author of The Osiris Project, a speculative fiction trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in Interzone magazine and in anthologies from Salt Publishing, Jurassic London and NewCon Press. 


Erin Soros

With their story: 'Still Water, BC'

Erin Soros is a Canadian author of short stories. She was awarded the University of British Columbia’s Governor General’s Gold Medal for a Master’s Degree in 2001 and the Commonwealth Prize for the Short Story in 2006. Her fiction has been published widely in such journals as the Indiana Review and the Iowa Review.

She is a two-time finalist for the Robert Olen Butler Prize, a winner of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Bob Weaver award for short fiction and was awarded 2nd prize for the Costa Short Story Award 2016.

Photograph © Sanny Leviste


Rotimi Babatunde

With their story: 'The Collected Tricks of Houdini'

Rotimi Babatunde is a Nigerian writer and playwright. In April 2014 he was named in the Hay Festival’s Africa39 project as one of the 39 Sub-Saharan African writers under the age of 40 with the potential and the talent to define the trends of the region. In 2012, he won the Caine Prize for African Writing for the short story Bombay Republic.

Photograph © Akinwunmi Osunkoya


Rebecca F John

With their story: 'The Glove Maker’s Numbers'

Rebecca F John was born in 1986 in south Wales. She holds a BA Hons in English with Creative Writing and MA in Creative Writing from Swansea University. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and she is the winner of the PEN International New Voices Award 2015. Her first short story collection, Clown’s Shoes, was published in 2015.


Ann Beattie

With their story: 'The Indian Uprising'

Ann Beattie is an American novelist and short story writer. She has received an award for excellence from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the short story form. She has written nine novels and ten short story collections, the most recent of which, The State We’re In, was published in 2015.

Photograph © Sigrid Estrada

Mark Haddon

Mark Hadden

With their story: 'The Pier Falls'

Mark Haddon has written 19 works for children, and three novels, including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which the Whitbread Award, Guardian Prize, and a Commonwealth Writers Prize. His collection of short stories, The Pier Falls, is published in May 2016. 

Joseph O’Neill

Joseph O'Neill

With their story: 'The Referees'

Joseph O’Neill was born 1964 in Cork, and is an Irish lawyer, novelist and non-fiction writer. His novel Netherland was awarded the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize. He is the author of three other novels, including the Man Booker longlisted The Dog, and a book of memoirs.

Photograph © Lisa Ackermann


Colin Barrett

With their story: 'The Ways'

Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo.
In 2009 he was awarded the Penguin Ireland Prize. His work has been published in The Stinging Fly magazine and in the anthologies, Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails (Stinging Fly Press, 2010) and Town and Country (Faber, 2013). His debut story collection, Young Skins, won the 2014 Guardian First Book Award, the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the 2014 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.


Madeleine Thien

With their story: 'The Wedding Cake'

Madeleine Thien is the author of three books of fiction, including a collection of stories, Simple Recipes (2002). Her most recent novel, Dogs at the Perimeter (2012), set in the aftermath of the civil war in Cambodia, was shortlisted for Germany’s 2014 International Literature Prize. A new novel, Awake Now and Cross Towards Her, is forthcoming.