Just one man amongst the six Short Story Award Finalists.
The winner will be announced at the Costa book awards on 28 January, and will receive £3,500.
The Forgiveness Thing
A journalist suspects the motives of a disfigured man who forgives
The Gun Shearer
During a heat wave in New South Wales, the arrival of a
young sheep shearer to the farm prompts the owner to revisit a
life-changing moment from her past.
The Papakh Hat
The 1978-9 Revolution in Iran has begun, and two men living in
Tabriz are forced to make life-changing decisions about their future
The Keeper of the Jackalopes
The story of a girl, her father, a Jackalope and survival.
Still Water, BC
The only woman in a logging camp of men is in the last stages of
pregnancy. It’s a summer day.
KIT DE WAAL
The Old Man and the Suit
In their basement workshop, an old tailor and his apprentice struggle
with life, love and mastering the perfect suit.
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