Dominican American writer
It's Diaz's story "Miss Lora" that made the list. The story is in his 2012 collection "This Is How You Lose Her."
There are five other authors in contention for the prize: Sarah Hall, Toby Litt, Ali Smith, Mark Haddon, and Cynan Jones. Smith is Scottish, Jones was born in Wales and the others are English.
The national origins of the finalists are of note because the lucrative British prize has yet to be bestowed upon a Briton. In its first year, 2010, it went to CK Stead from New Zealand. He was followed by American writer Anthony Doerr in 2011 and
"The short story used to be the orphan of prose fiction — a bit unloved, a bit uncelebrated," novelist Andrew O'Hagan, one of the judges, told the Guardian. "But this year's entries for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story award demonstrate just how the form has grown up to be something spectacular and super-confident."
Whether it's boom or bust for short stories in general, one writer will receive a nice windfall on March 22. That's when the winner of the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story award will be announced, at a private gala dinner at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival.