E.J. Swift Nominated for Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Swift-ThumbE.J. Swift‘s short story THE SPIDERS OF STOCKHOLM has been nominated on the star-studded long-list for the prestigious Sunday Times 2015 EFG Short Story Award!

The short-list will be announced on Sunday 1st March. Readings from the shortlist will be hosted at Foyles on Charing Cross Road between Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd April. The winner will be announced on Friday 24 April, 2015, at a Gala dinner at Stationer’s Hall, London (the event begins at 6.45 pm, and the prize will be announced at approximately 9pm).

THE SPIDERS OF STOCKHOLM was first published IRREGULARITY, an anthology published by Jurassic London of original fiction published in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum, and released as part of their celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Act. The story has now also been made available on the Times website (behind the paywall, sadly). The anthology is available in paperback and eBook.


More on the award can be found on the Sunday Times website, Book Trust website, and also by following the award’s Facebook page.

E.J. Swift is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Osiris Project trilogy: OSIRIS, CATAVEIRO and TAMARUQ – published in the UK by Del Rey.


Short Fiction Watch: E.J. Swift joins the IRREGULARITY

Various-Irregularity-BlogWe’re very happy to report that E.J. Swift has a story in Jurassic London‘s latest anthology, IRREGULARITY, which was published today. Emma’s story “The Spiders of Stockholm” joins thirteen other short stories by leading and up-and-coming authors of SFF.

The anthology was edited by Jared Shurin, with a cover by Howard Hardiman. Here’s the synopsis…

Irregularity is about the tension between order and chaos in the 17th and 18th centuries. Men and women from all walks of life dedicated themselves to questioning, investigating, classifying and ordering the natural world. They promoted scientific thought, skepticism and intellectual rigour in the face of superstition, intolerance and abuses of power. These brave thinkers dedicated themselves and their lives to the idea that the world followed rules that human endeavour could uncover… but what if they were wrong?

Irregularity is about the attempts to impose man’s order on nature’s chaos, the efforts both successful and unsuccessful to better know the world. 

Fom John Harrison to Ada Lovelace, Isaac Newton to Émilie du Châtelet, these stories showcase the Age of Reason in a very different light. 

This anthology is published to coincide with two exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum taking place in 2014: a major exhibition on the story of the quest for longitude at sea and a steampunk show at the Royal Observatory. The Museum is also our partner for the publication of Irregularity, including access to their archives for materials, imagery and inspiration.