Assistant Professor of English Kevin Wilson has been long listed for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story prize. At £30,000, this is the world’s richest short story award and attracts entries from around the globe.
In Wilson’s story “Sanders for a Night,” a mother is horrified when a little boy wants to dress up as his dead older brother for Halloween. Family members must confront their grief and the impact of bereavement on their lives. Wilson is the author of the story collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and an acclaimed novel, The Family Fang.
This year’s list of nominees for the short story prize comprises both established and new writers, including two Pulitzer Prizewinners and an author short listed for the Man Booker Prize. There were nearly 650 entries to the competition; 16 have been named to the long list. The short list will be announced March 2, with the winner announced April 4 in London.