Cynan Jones on the Sunday Times Shortlist

Cyan Jones

Congratulations to NWR contributor Cynan Jones who has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award for 'The Dig'. This competition is organized each year by the newspaper to reward the writers of short stories, and has a first prize of £30,000.

The shortlist includes, as well as Cynan, the Booker prize-nominated Ali Smith and Sarah Hall; the Pulitzer prizewinner Junot Diaz; Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and the British novelist Toby Litt. The winner will be announced at The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on March 22.

'The Dig' is also to be published, in novel form, by Granta in 2014. According to Parthian's website, Jones' novel is about badgers' extermination by decree and by baiting, from the viewpoint of an awkward teenage boy. In his novella Bird, Blood, Snow and his story 'The Epilept', also published by Seren, in Sing Sorrow Sorrow, Dark and Chilling Tales, we have plenty of evidence that Jones can get into the adolescent male mindset, as well as authentically portraying physical, human and animal violence.

In the run up to the ceremony on 22 March, Waterstones Piccadilly will be hosting a series of events with the shortlisted authors, including readings by actors from World Theatre. Waterstones will also publish, on 4 March, a small-format selection from the finalists' stories, together with epub versions.

We've long known about the talents of this west Wales author, as does award judge Sarah Waters. Now the world is catching up.

Look out for NWR in conversation with Cynan, alongside Lloyd Jones, at Hay Festival on 28 May to coincide with the launch of NWR 100 which includes Cynan's flash story 'Lifeboat'.


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