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Behind the Sentences with... Niamh Campbell

"As for bad habits, I have known for a long time that my usage of semicolons is out of control; I just don’t know how to stop"

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Behind the Sentences with... Daniel J O’Malley

"I’m always working on several things at once, so when a story gets finished, there’s always another one waiting. That’s the trick with getting stuck as well – just work on something else for a while"

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Behind the Sentences with… Namwali Serpell

"I’m too nomadic, or “movious” as we say in Zambia, to limit myself to a particular desk in a specific nook with a certain slant of light"

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Behind the Sentences with... with this year’s judge David Nicholls

Our judge David Nicholls on what makes him return to the page, his writing failures and words of encouragement

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Behind the Sentences with… Shawn Vestal

"I work most often on the couch in my living room, feet up on the coffee table, laptop on my lap, coffee close at hand"

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Behind the Sentences with... with this year’s judge Diana Evans

Our judge Diana Evans on what makes her return to the page, her writing failures and words of encouragement

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Behind the Sentences with… Alexia Tolas

“It’s the interaction with words and other realities that rejuvenate the mind”

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Behind the Sentences: with this year’s judge Romesh Gunesekera

Our judge Romesh Gunesekera on what makes him return to the page, his writing failures and words of encouragement

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Shortlist

SIX AUTHORS IN THE RUNNING FOR THE 2020 SUNDAY TIMES AUDIBLE SHORT STORY AWARD

983 writers from 48 countries distilled to 6 in a shortlist that ‘bears powerful witness to the thrilling possibilities of the short story form’

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CARYS DAVIES: BEHIND THE SCENES JUDGING THE 2020 SUNDAY TIMES AUDIBLE SHORT STORY AWARD

Carys Davies on how she and her fellow judges – Diana Evans, Romesh Gunesekera, David Nicholls and Andrew Holgate – chose the stories on this year's longlist

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