Congratulations to Impress Prize winner Roshi Fernando who has recently been longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award!
‘The Flourescent Jacket’, taken from Roshi’s composite novel Homesick published by Impress Books last year, is up against some strong competition from prominent authors such as Hilary Mantel, Susan Hill and Michel Faber.
Being longlisted for the prestigious Sunday Times Short Story Award means so much to me, and it couldn’t have happened if I had not won the Impress Prize for New Writers. Being published by Impress has changed my life – after all the years of hard work and wishing, I am now a ‘proper writer’!
The longlist of twenty authors was decided by the judges Melvyn Bragg, AS Byatt, Will Self, Daisy Waugh, Andrew Holgate and the non-voting chairman Lord (Matthew) Evans, a former chairman of Faber & Faber and chairman of EFG Private Bank. The shortlist of six authors will be announced in March.
The winner, who will receive £30,000, will be announced at an awards dinner at The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on 8 April and five runners-up will also receive prizes of £500 each. The winning story and a selection of others will appear in The Sunday Times Magazine, iPad edition and online.
Everyone at Impress Books would like to congratulate Roshi on her nomination, we are keeping our fingers crossed for her!