the short story project


Jonas Karlsson (b. 1971) writes plays and short fiction. One of Sweden’s most prominent actors, Karlsson has performed on Sweden’s premier stage and in several acclaimed feature films and television series. In 2005, Karlsson made his debut as a playwright, earning rave reviews from audience and critics alike. Spurred by the joy of writing for the stage, Karlsson began writing fiction. With an actor’s ear for the silences that endow dialogue with meaning and a singular ability to register moods and emotions, Jonas Karlsson has blossomed into one of Scandinavia’s finest literary authors, with two novels and three short story collections published to date. He has been awarded the Ludvig Nordström Award 2018 for his short story collections The Second GoalThe Perfect Friend and The Rules of the Game.

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Andrea Lundgren (1986) is a Swedish author and literary critic. She published three books so far, the latest, the collection “Nordic Fauna”, was published in 2018. Lundgren participated in 2012 in the Italian literature project Scritture Giovani to promote European young writing. In 2015 she was nominated for the Swedish Radio’s Novel Prize for the novel “Bedragaren”.

Sara Paborn was born 1972 in Sölvesborg, a small town in the south of Sweden. She wrote her first novel at 16, inspired by the atmosphere in Woody Allens movie Radio Days. She had then written poetry, short stories, first chapters of novels, and music reviews for local newspaper for many years. Sara was educated as a copywriter in the early nineties. She has since worked for different advertising agencies. After having given birth to her second child, she quit her job and sold her summerhouse to be able to write full-time. The work became her debut novel Släktfeber. The book was well received by the critics and a success among the public. Sara’s second novel, The Rooster and The Sea (Tuppen och havet), came out in 2011 and was very well received. She is currently writing her third novel.