David Almond, one of the authors, was announced the runner-up of this year's National Short Story Prize for 'Slog's Dad', one of the short stories in So What Kept You?. "... David Almond was a very strong runner-up for the accuracy of his dialogue and psychology in a story which managed the difficult task of combining reality and fantasy" — Mark Lawson, Chair of the judges, broadcaster and writer.
Writers were invited to consider fragments of text from the notebooks of Chekhov and Carver and complete stories that were never written by the authors themselves. From writer to writer ideas were passed along the generations to bear new fruit. The idea to create the book came from the symbiotic relationship that Raymond Carver felt he had with Anton Chekhov. A new essay by Carver's widow Tess Gallagher explores the way writers can influence each other through time.
David Almond, Rajeev Balasubramanyam, Andrew Crumey, Julia Darling, Georgi Gospodinov, J. Robert Lennon, David Means, Courttia Newland, Andrew O'Hagan, Evgeny Popov, Nadya Radulova, Natalia Smirnova, Ali Smith, Margaret Wilkinson