Fiona Sussman wins The Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition

We’re ending the week with the brilliant news that Fiona Sussman’s short story ‘Mad Men’ has been selected as the winner of The Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition in New Zealand. Inspired by the news coverage after a stripper was subjected to degrading treatment at an end of year event for the Chiefs Super Rugby team. The powerful and provocative story addresses wider issues around sexism and victim blaming. The title make reference to the television show Mad Men, which is set in the advertising industry in 1960s New York. The award has previously been won by Booker Prize winning author Eleanor Catton.

You can read ‘Mad Men’ here and listen to Fiona talk about her short story here.

Growing up in a publisher’s home in South Africa, Fiona fell in love with language and the written word at an early age. Her family’s house was always filled with manuscripts, books and colourful authors. This was during the apartheid era, and witnessing the brutal regime at work sensitised Fiona to the issues of injustice and racial prejudice. Currently, she lives in rural Auckland with her family. She is the author of the prize-winning novels Shifting Colours and The Last Time We Spoke.