• The 2014 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

    Delighted that my short story On Commercial Hill has been longlisted for the 2014 Sunday Times EFG Award. For the full longlist of 16 stories, and more information about the award, click here

  • New Short Story Collection

    My second collection of stories The Redemption of Galen Pike will be coming out later this year, with this very beautiful cover, from Salt

  • Short Circuit A Guide to the Art of the Short Story

    A new expanded edition of this has just come out from Salt Publishing. Edited by Vanessa Gebbie it includes essays by 22 writers including Elizabeth Baines, Tania Hershman, Tobias Hill, Alison MacLeod, Adam Marek, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Nicholas Royle and Clare Wigfall. My own contribution, 'Before It Disappears' talks about the difficulty, with a short story, of needing to work both quickly and slowly. For more information click here

  • Red Room New Short Stories Inspired by the Brontës

    Readings tonight at Blackburn Library as part of the anthology's launch with contributors Elizabeth Baines, Carys Davies and Sarah Dobbs, introduced by editor AJ Ashworth. Starts 7pm

  • 2013 Manchester Fiction Prize Shortlist

    A new story, In the Cabin in the Woods, has been shortlisted for the 2013 Manchester Fiction Prize. The five other stories on the shortlist are by Joe Dunthorne, James Hopkin, Richard Knight, Alison White and Adam Wilmington. For more information click here

  • The Story: Love, Loss & The Lives Of Women: 100 Great Short Stories

    My short story The Redemption of Galen Pike is out today in this new anthology, for which Victoria Hislop has picked her 100 favourites short stories by women writers. There's a vast range of work, including stories by Katherine Mansfield, Muriel Spark, Alice Munro, Dorothy Parker, Flannery O'Connor, Lorrie Moore, Yiyun Li, Anne Enright, A.M Holmes, Hilary Mantel, Helen Simpson, Miranda July. For more information and a full list of contributors click here

  • Lancaster Litfest 16-20th October

    I'm delighted to be hosting an evening of short story readings and discussion with 2012 Man Booker shortlisted author Alison Moore and Aamer Hussein on Thursday 17th October at 8pm at The Storey in Lancaster. For more information or to book click here

  • Red Room New Short Stories Inspired by the Brontës

    A new story Bonnet is out this autumn in an anthology from Unthank Books and edited by the writer A.J.Ashworth, along with stories by Alison Moore, David Constantine, David Rose, Rowena Macdonald, Tania Hershman, Elizabeth Baines, Sarah Dobbs, Zoë King, Vanessa Gebbie, Bill Broady and Felicity Skelton, plus a poem by Simon Armitage.

    A percentage of the profits will go to support the work of The Brontë Birthplace Trust in Thornton, Bradford

  • 2013 William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Prize

    Prize winners were announced this weekend at the Mitchelstown Literary Festival in Ireland and included a runner up prize for my story On Commercial Hill, published earlier this year in The Dublin Review. Click here for more

  • 2013 Northern Writers' Awards

    The winners of the Northern Writers’ Awards 2013 were announced on Tuesday 18 June at a ceremony in Newcastle upon Tyne. The poetry awards were judged by Ian McMillan, the fiction awards by Sarah Hall. Delighted to have won a fiction award to support my second short story collection The Redemption of Galen Pike and Other Stories. For more information and a full list of winners click here.



Carys Davies was the winner of the 2011 Royal Society of Literature’s VS Pritchett Memorial Prize for her short story The Redemption of Galen Pike, and of the Society of Authors’ 2010 Olive Cook Short Story Award for The Quiet.

Her first short story collection Some New Ambush was published in 2007.


photo by Emily Atherton

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