Irish authors on longlist for richest short story award

MJ Hyland: longlisted for her story, Somebody Else’s Bed

MJ Hyland: longlisted for her story, Somebody Else’s Bed

Tue, Feb 4, 2014, 11:59

Two Irish authors have made the 16-strong longlist for the world’s richest short story award.

MJ Hyland, whose novels are Carry Me Down, How The Light Gets In and This Is How, has been longlisted for her story, Somebody Else’s Bed. David Park, whose work includes Swallowing the Sun, The Big Snow, The Truth Commissioner and The Light of Amsterdam, is longlisted for Learning To Swim.

Others on the longlist include Winter’s Bone author Daniel Woodrell and Pulitzer Prize winning writers Adam Johnson and Elizabeth Strout.

The winner of the 5th Sunday Times EFG Private bank short story prize, at a ceremony in Stationer’s Hall, London, on April 4th, will receive £30,000. The five other writers on the shortlist, which will be announced on March 3rd, will each receive £1,000.

Last year’s prize was won by Junot Díaz and Irish author Kevin Barry won in 2012.