Boise author Tony Doerr is on the short list for world’s most valuable short story prize

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This time Tony Doerr is up for The (London) Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award for 2011 for his short story “The Deep.” The prize comes with £30,000 (about $50,000), making it the largest short story prize in the world.

Doerr recently won Story Prize, a U.S. award for short story fiction, in New York a few weeks ago for his book “The Memory Wall: Stories” (Scribner, $24). A year ago he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Doerr is one of six writers up for the honor. The others are Will Cohu for “East Coast – West Coast,” Roshi Fernando for “The Fluorescent Jacket,” Yiyun Li for “The Science of Flight,” Hilary Mantel for “Comma” and Gerard Woodward for “The Family Whistle.”

The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award launched last year as an annual literary prize, which builds on the success of an short-fiction slot in The Sunday Times Magazine.

The winner will be announced on April 8.

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