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Hilary Mantel longlisted for leading short story award

22nd February 2011

The longlist for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award has been announced, with Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel among the 20 writers in contention for the GBP 30,000 prize.

Wolf Hall writer Mantel has been longlisted for her short story 'Comma', while bestselling author Susan Hill makes the list for 'Vuotjarvi'.

The prize is open to authors who have previously published creative fiction in the UK. Stories may be unpublished, but must be less than 6,000 words and completely original.

This year's judging panel comprises novelist and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, journalist and author Will Self, The Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate and former Man Booker Prize winner A.S. Byatt. Matthew Evans, chairman of EFG Private Bank, is non-voting chair of the judges.

Byatt commented: 'The stories we read this year were both varied and well crafted. We have stories by famous writers and stories by the unknown. We had considerable difficulty in narrowing the list to 20.'

A shortlist will be announced on March 13th, with the winner of the prize being named at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival in April.

Last year's winner was New Zealand author C.K. Stead for 'Last Season's Man', described by the judging panel as a 'wry, perceptive look at rivalry and love'.


The full longlist for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award is as follows:

Fabian Acker - 'Nirvana'
Kevin Barry - 'Fjord of Killary'
Meira Chand - 'The Pilgrimage'
Will Cohu - 'East West-West Coast'
Anthony Doerr - 'The Deep'
Michel Faber - 'In the Woods with a Dead Dog'
Roshi Fernando - 'The Fluorescent Jacket'
Tibor Fischer - 'Possibly Forty Ships'
Xiaolu Guo - 'Life by Accident'
Sarah Hall - 'Vuotjarvi'
Tobias Hill - 'Not that it Matters'
Susan Hill - 'Crystal'
Yiyun Li - 'The Science of Flight'
Hilary Mantel - 'Comma'
David Miller - 'F**k Being Happy'
Robert Shearman - 'History Becomes You'
Erin Soros - 'BC Almanac'
Louise Stern - 'Black and White Dog'
Gerard Woodward - 'The Family Whistle'
Claire Wigfall - 'Professor Arvind'  

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