Taiye Selasi is on the longlist for $30,000 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014.


The author of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin, Taiye Selasi has made the Longlist of The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award which is worth £30,000 for her short story titled, Driver

A truly international prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK. Last year’s winner was Junot Diaz for his story ‘Miss Lora’.

The winner who will be announced in April 2014 will receive £30,000, and the five shortlisted writers will each receive £1,000 as well as having their work published online.

Story Synopsis
Set in Ghana, this story explores the class division between a driver and his employers. Sketching an entire network of relationships and a country’s landscape in its short space, this story considers how the economical gap between rich and poor is not always the most important consideration in life.

First lines
 ’I am the full-time driver here. I am not going to kill my employers. I have read that drivers do that now. I will make just a few observations.’

Taiye was born in London to Nigerian and Ghanaian parents. She holds a BA in American studies from Yale University and an MPhil in international relations from Oxford. Selasi made her fiction debut in Granta in 2011 with The Sex Lives of African Girls, which was selected for Best American Short Stories 2012. Her first novel, Ghana Must Go, was published in March 2013.

An avid traveler and documentary photographer, Selasi currently divides her time between New York, New Delhi and Rome. Taiye Selasi was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013 – a list of twenty authors under 40 generated once a decade which picks out the new literary elite before they become household names.

We say congratulations to this beautiful Gene of Africa

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  1. I really need to go and buy her book. I've been hearing about all the publicity she's been receiving and read about her in a couple of magazines! I hope she wins!