Lancaster writer longlisted for world’s richest short story prize

Carys Davies
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Carys Davies is vying with Pulitzer Prize winners for the world’s richest short story prize.

The Lancaster writer has been longlisted for the prestigious Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award with her story, On Commercial Hill.

About half-truths and memory, and how the choices we make affect us and the people we love, the story is set in an unnamed town in the Welsh valleys.

Born in Wales, Carys said: “The town is based on the place where my father was born and grew up and where I spent time as a child visiting my grandmother.”

Her debut collection of short stories, Some New Ambush (2007), was longlisted for the 2008 Wales Book of the Year, shortlisted for the 2009 Roland Mathias Prize and a finalist for the 2009 Calvino Prize in the US.

She was the winner of the 2010 Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Award and the 2011 Royal Society of Literature’s VS Pritchett Prize. In 2013 she won a Northern Writers’ Award and was a finalist for the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen Short Story Prize and the Manchester Fiction Prize. Carys’ stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and appeared in anthologies, magazines and online.

Her second collection of short fiction, The Redemption of Galen Pike, is out this autumn.

Competition is fierce for the £30,000 prize with Pulitzer Prize winners, Elizabeth Strout and Adam Johnson, among the 16 longlisted writers. If Carys is successful, she will be the first woman to win the award.