Diaz wins Sunday Times Short Story Award

Diaz wins Sunday Times Short Story Award

Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz has won the £30,000 Sunday Times Short Story Award, scooping the world's most valuable short story prize for "Miss Lora", a tale set in 1980s New Jersey. Díaz was presented with the cheque on Friday (22nd March) by novelist and prize judge Joanna Trollope at a ceremony at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. The story tackles sexual relationships between adolescent boys and older women.

The American author held off competition from fellow shortlistees Sarah Hall, Ali Smith, Mark Haddon, Toby Litt and Cynan Jones, who each receive £1,000.

Judge Andrew O'Hagan said the story has "the feel of a contemporary classic" and that "it echoes in the heart as well as in the mind".

Fellow judge, literary editor of the Sunday Times, Andrew Holgate added: "If the test of an outstanding short story is that it deepens with every reading, then Junot Diaz's 'Miss Lora' passes that test with flying colours. It is a rich, precise and challenging story whose emotional pull becomes more and more apparent with each revist.

"Diaz is one of the most exciting voices in the language, and a wonderful addition to an already distinguished list of international winners."

The prize is administered by book charity Booktrust.