Lesbian writer Ali Smith is a finalist for the £30,000 Sunday Times short story prize, the world's richest award for a single work of short fiction. Judge Joanna Trollope called Smith's tale "The Beholder," about a depressed woman who develops inexplicable symptoms, "a very moving one. And it is really, really beautifully written."
• Junot Diaz, "Miss Lora"
• Mark Haddon, "The Gun"
• Sarah Hall, "Evie"
• Cynan Jones, "The Dig"
• Toby Litt, "Call It 'The Bug' Because I Have No Time to Think of a Better Title"
• Ali Smith, "The Beholder"
The winner will be announced at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival next month.