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C.K. Stead scoops short story award

29th March 2010

New Zealand writer C.K. Stead has been named as the winner of The Sunday Times/EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

The author won GBP 25,000, which is the world's largest cash prize for a short story, with his 'Last Season's Man', which is set in Croatia and follows the tale of a young writer who criticises a respected elder.

Playwright and author Hanif Kureishi, one of the award's judges, said the story is a perceptive study of rivalry and love, adding: 'It was a pleasure to read and is a fine example of how a short story should be constructed and written. It is a dignified and apt choice for the first occasion of the prize.'

Stead added that he is 'immensely pleased and grateful' to have won the prize. He also claimed the award shows that the UK is starting to recognise the short story as a serious literary form.

Will Cohu, Joe Dunthorne, Petina Gappah, Adam Marek and David Vann were the other authors shortlisted for the award, while prize-winning novelist A.S. Byatt and bestselling writer Nick Hornby sat on the judging panel.

Last week, Native American poet and author Sherman Alexie was named as the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his short story collection War Dances.

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