Author: Joonas Konstig
Joonas Konstig (b. 1977) is an author, a creative writing teacher and a popular newspaper columnist. His interests include the classics, weightlifting, knit ties and slow food.

Konstig won second prize in the Martti Joenpolvi Short Story Competition in 2008. His debut work, The Greedy and the Innocent (orig. Ahneet ja viattomat) was nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize for the best debut of the year, and for the Tiiliskivi Prize in 2008.

Konstig was awarded the Kalle Päätalo Prize for his second book, the novel All Is Said(orig. Kaikki on sanottu) in 2012. The Kalle Päätalo Prize is awarded to exceptionally talented young writers according to the wishes of legendary Finnish author Kalle Päätalo.


Konstig, who flourished in the Martti Joenpolvi short story competition, has refined his expression to the maximum. Therefore, his short stories should not be read in one sitting, but rather by slowly tasting the spot-on dialogue. This way, the witty perceptions written between the lines receive the attention they deserve.
- Ilta-Sanomat
Konstig’s evident expertise lies in the dialogue that rolls on in an exceptionally smooth and speech-like manner.
- Helsingin Sanomat
There is no pretense in these short stories, nothing excessive. The reader is able to recognize himself among the characters, and is forced to admit that that’s how it is – or could be.
- KirjaIN