Author, Researcher, Peace & Conflict Professional


  • 2016/2017 apexart New York City (NYC) Fellow
  • 2014 Winner Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter
  • 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
  • Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK  Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week

 Writer’s from six countries and across four continents, make up the 12-strong long-list for the £30,000 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

Now in its seventh year, the award  ‘’Has a reputation for showcasing established and emerging writers’’. The organisers have said. The prize prides itself on its “global scope”, and as well as Zimbabwe, this year’s long-list includes authors from Canada, India, Republic of Ireland, the United States and the UK. Despite being UK-based, no British writer has yet won the prize. The Sunday Times Short Story Award is also the world’s richest prize for a single short story. 


Zimbabwean author Petina Gappah has been long-listed for the prize. This is the second time Gappah has been up for the award; in 2010 the title story of her debut collection, An Elegy for Easterly, was long-listed, the eventual winner that year was New Zealand author CK Stead. In 2014 Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go, was long-listed for her story “Driver”.

Each of the five short-listed writers will receive £1 000. The short-list will be announced on 20 March, and the winner will be announced at a gala dinner in London on Friday, 22 April.



“The themes and locations of the stories selected are as diverse as the authors themselves,” the Sunday Times said in a statement, “the Cultural Revolution in China, the conflict in Kashmir, New York in the 1930s and the former East Berlin, ten years after the fall of the Wall. The stories are a mix of meta-fiction, fantasy, fairytale as well as poignant renderings of love and ageing.”


Prize judge Alex Clark said: “The dozen stories on this year’s long-list really take us places, whether it is the glamorously populated seafront in Nice, a sparsely inhabited Scottish island or a secret military base in China. “These strikingly varied settings bring us the most intimate of human encounters, from the polyphonic chatter of women in a hairdressers in Harare to the silences and depths of a long marriage. It was a pleasure to read such original and ambitious work, and it will be a challenge to narrow the field down further.”



  • “Backcountry” by Maggie Shipstead
  • “Clap Hands” by Thomas Morris
  • “Poppies in the Snow” by Madhulika Liddle
  • “The Dacha” by Alix Christie
  • “The Elector of Nossnearly” by Rob Magnuson Smith
  • “The Glass Woman” by Deborah Levy
  • “The Human Phonograph” by Jonathan Tel
  • “The Master Swordsman” by Marcel Theroux
  • “The News of Her Death” by Petina Gappah
  • “The Phosphoresence” by Nicholas Ruddock
  • “What Time is it Now?” by Colum McCann
  • “Unbeschert” by Edith Pearlman

 The long-listed stories are available to read on the Sunday Times website


 Congratulations to all the long-listed authors.

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