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A.L. Kennedy and Rose Tremain nominated in short story award

22nd February 2010

The Sunday Times/EFG Private Bank Short Story Award has announced its 20-strong longlist.

Comprising 20 writers, the nominations put award-winning authors such as A.L. Kennedy and Rose Tremain alongside less well-known hopefuls, including Royal Academy of Dramatic Art-trained actor Simon Robson and former model Kay Sexton. The longlist also features six poets, including John Burnside and Jackie Kay.

The panel selected the 20 entries from more than 1,150 submissions and the winner of the GBP 25,000 prize will be named at The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on March 26th.

Judges for the award include authors Hanif Kureishi, A.S. Byatt and Nick Hornby, and The Sunday Times' literary editor Andrew Holgate.

Kureishi commented: 'This has been a fascinating and stimulating exercise. I've learnt a lot about what people are thinking and writing about at the moment. That for me was the pleasure of reading the longlist.'

The prize recognises short story writers on an international stage, with entrants hailing from New Zealand, the US and Zimbabwe, and ranging in age from 28 to 77.

Authors appearing at the The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, which runs from March 20th to 28th, include Martin Amis, Anthony Horowitz, Hilary Mantel and Philip Pullman.

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