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Two Australians longlisted for 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

In the UK, the longlist for the £30,000 (A$54,500) Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award has been announced, with Australian writers Paddy O’Reilly and Paul Dalla Rosa making the 18-strong list.

O’Reilly was longlisted for her story ‘All the Languages’, which originally appeared in the Black Inc. anthology Best Summer Stories under the title ‘Unspeakable’. She is the author of three novels and two short story collections, and has edited three collections of true stories for Affirm Press.

Dalla Rosa was longlisted for his story ‘Comme‘, orginally published in Granta 144: genericlovestory. He is currently completing a PhD at RMIT University studying the ‘real’ within contemporary autofiction and is at work on his debut short story collection.

Northern Irish writer Gerard McKeague, who works as a GP in Geelong, Victoria, was shortlisted for his story ‘Wet Bloody Country’.

The award is the world’s richest prize for an English-language single short story. The 2019 longlist spans five countries and includes emerging writers alongside established authors such as A M Homes, Emma Cline and Kevin Barry. The shortlist will be announced on 21 July and the winner on 12 September.

To see the full longlist, visit the website.


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