2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

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WordTheatre will return to London to cast and direct the stories shortlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the richest prize in the world for a single short story at £30,000. The prize is managed by reading charity Book Trust, and past winners include: Yiyun Li (2015), Adam Johnson (2014), Junot Díaz (2013), Kevin Barry (2012), Anthony Doerr (2011) and  C.K. Stead (2010).

Performances for the Shortlisted Shorts were April 20th-21st at the Gallery at Foyle’s Bookstore, with the winner announced on April 22nd at Stationer’s Hall.

Congratulations to the STEFG 2016 Winner: Jonathan Tel author of ‘The Human Phonograph’.

Directed by Cedering Fox. Produced by Cedering Fox and Kirsty Peart.


Wednesday, April 20th, Readings:
Gina Bellman (Leverage, Coupling) read ‘The Dacha’ by Alix Christie
Clive Standen (Vikings, Patient Zero) read ‘The Phosphoresence’ by Nicholas Ruddock
Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckham, Mona Lisa’s Smile) read ‘Unbeschert’ by Edith Pearlman

Thursday, April 21st, Readings:
Chipo Chung (Sunshine, Camelot, Fortitude) read ‘The News of Her Death’ by Petina Gappah
Selina Lo (The Scorpion King 3, One Child) read ‘The Human Phonograph’ by Jonathan Tel
David Soul (Starsky and Hutch, Magnum Force) read ‘What Time is it Now, Where You Are?’ by Colum McCann


EFG is a keen supporter of the written word. In addition to its close association with The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, it has supported a number of literary festivals, including Charleston, Althorp and Small Wonder, and has worked with WordTheatre for several years.