Namwali Serpell

Namwali Serpell is on the longlist for The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2020 announced on May 3, 2020.

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is the world’s richest prize for a single short story, with £30,000 going to the winner. Co-founded in 2010 by Lord Matthew Evans of EFG Private Bank and The Sunday Times’s Cathy Galvin, the award is now sponsored in its 10th year by Audible, the spoken word publisher. Winners and shortlistees of the prize have included some of the world’s great writers, like Pulitzer Prize-winners Junot Díaz, Emma Donoghue, Mark Haddon, Sarah Hall, Bret Anthony Johnston, Yiyun Li, Hilary Mantel, and Ali Smith. Petina Gappah made the shortlist in 2016.

The judges for this year’s awards are Andrew Holgate, Carys Davies, David Nicholls, Diana Evans, and Romesh Gunesekera. This team announced the longlist for the awards on Sunday which has the following storytellers.

  • Victor Lodato, A Mother’s Dilemma.
  • Leo Cullen, Brown Ford Cortina.
  • Catherine Lacey, Cut.
  • Marie-Helene Bertino, Flowers and their Meanings.
  • Alexia Tolas, Granma’s Porch.
  • Dizz Tate, Harpies.
  • Niamh Campbell, Love Many.
  • Daniel O’Malley,
  • Edward Hogan, Single Sit.
  • Louise Kennedy, Sparing the Heather.
  • Namwali Serpell, Take It.
  • Shawn Vestal,
  • Roddy Doyle, The Curfew.
  • Joseph O’Neill, The Flier.
  • Mr Mel O’Doherty, Waiting.
  • Max Sydney Smith, Without Seeming to Care at All.
  • Dur e Aziz Amna, You Get What Is Yours.

It’s been a good year for Namwali Serpell who in the last few months has won the Los Angeles Book Awards, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, and the Windham-Campbell Prize.

The shortlist will be revealed in June 2020, and the winner announced on July 2, 2020.