14TH BBC NATIONAL SHORT STORY AWARD SHORTLIST INSPIRED BY #METOO, TRUMP AND DISCRIMINATION

NSSA_Stacked_2019Award-winning writer Lucy Caldwell joined by former bookseller Lynda Clark, charity worker Jacqueline Crooks, and new voices Tamsin Grey and Jo Lloyd to complete shortlist of writers exploring sexual politics, intolerance, community and immigration.

Lucy Caldwell, multi-award-winning novelist, playwright and short story writer, has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University for the second time for ‘The Children’. Previously shortlisted in 2012 for ‘Escape Route’, one of her first ever short stories, Caldwell is joined on the 2019 shortlist by a wealth of emerging talent including University of Dundee Fellow and former bookseller Lynda Clark for ‘Ghillie’s Mum’; charity worker Jacqueline Crooks for ‘Silver Fish in the Midnight Sea’; civil servant Tamsin Grey for ‘My Beautiful Millennial’; and Welsh writer Jo Lloyd for ‘The Invisible’. The shortlist of five stories was announced on Friday 6 September 2019, during BBC Radio 4 Front Row.

The shortlist is:

  • The Children’ by Lucy Caldwell
  • Ghillie’s Mum’ by Lynda Clark
  • Silver Fish in the Midnight Sea’ by Jacqueline Crooks
  • My Beautiful Millennial’ by Tamsin Grey
  • ‘The Invisible’ by Jo Lloyd

Now celebrating its fourteenth year, the Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning writer receiving £15,000, and the four further shortlisted authors £600 each. Selected from over 900 entries (an increase of 15% on 2018), this year’s shortlist is the sixth all-female shortlist in the BBC National Short Story Award’s history.

Nikki Bedi, TV and radio broadcaster and Chair of Judges for the BBC National Short Story Award 2019, says: “One of the things I’ve discovered over a lifetime of meeting, interviewing and spending time with the most extraordinary creative minds in the world, is that they all have something in common: they seek to move us, to make us think and to transform us. I strongly believe all five of the shortlisted writers and stories we’ve chosen do all that and more. Judging them, however, has not been an easy process. To say it was a hard-fought contest is putting it mildly. We agonised over our decisions and disagreed vociferously at times, but on the whole, the discussion and debating was carried out in a civilised manner.” 

Nikki Bedi is joined on this year’s judging panel by novelist and writer of narrative non-fiction Richard Beard; short story writer, novelist and youngest author to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Daisy Johnson; screenwriter, novelist and 2017 BBC National Short Story Award winner Cynan Jones; and returning judge Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio.

All five stories will be broadcast on Radio 4 on BBC Sounds in September and published in an anthology produced by Comma Press. The readers of this year’s stories include Line of Duty and Call the Midwife star Jessica Raine, who reads ‘The Children’, and Welsh actor Aimee-Ffion Edwards of Peaky Blinders and Skins fame, reading ‘The Invisible’. Tamara Lawrance, who read Candice Carty-Williams’ Queenie for BBC Sounds, reads ‘Silver Fish in the Midnight Sea’, and Katherine Press, whose television credits include Foyle’s War and the Golden Globe-nominated BBC series Dancing on the Edge, reads ‘My Beautiful Millennial’. Stephen Campbell Moore, best known for his role in the stage production of The History Boys completes the line-up with ‘Ghillie’s Mum’.

The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University was established to raise the profile of the short form and this year’s shortlist join distinguished alumni such as Zadie Smith, Lionel Shriver, Rose Tremain, William Trevor, Sarah Hall and Mark Haddon. As well as rewarding the most renowned short story writers, the Award has raised the profile of new writers including Ingrid Persaud, K J Orr, Julian Gough, Cynan Jones and Clare Wigfall.

The winner of the BBC National Short Story Award 2019 will be announced live on BBC Radio 4 Front Row on Tuesday 1 October. The anthology published by Comma Press is out now.NSSA shortlist announcement

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Shortlist for the 2014 KWS Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition

Shortlist for the 2014 KWS Hilary Mantel Short Story Competition

Congratulations to the writers of the following shortlisted stories:

Blackout
Duende
Fortuna Street
Fresh, Cold, and Most Importantly, Whole
One Day in Sarajevo
Print
Season’s End
The Thousand Yard Memory
The Beasts of the Earth Will Adore Him
Water Bull Ride
What Lies Beneath

Hilary Mantel will publicly announce the first prize and two runners up prizes at a lunch-time awards ceremony in Kingston-upon-Thames on December 5.

See http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/writing/competitions/

Longlist for Hilary Mantel Competition and Shortlist for Bonnie Greer Competition

Longlist for the 2014 Kingston Writing School Hilary Mantel Short Story Competition

Congratulations to the thirty writers of the following longlisted stories:

Blackout
Crow
Dirty Ink
Dog Days
Don’t Look Down
Duende
Fortuna Street
Fresh, Cold, and Most Importantly, Whole
Full of Grace
His Father’s Son
House of Dust
Household Gods
It’s a Luxury to Cry
Nirvana
One Day in Sarajevo
Piece by Piece by Piece
Print
Rag Doll People
Rivers are Damp
Rosa and Kelsey
Season’s End
Small Deaths
Soft Shoes
The Thousand Yard Memory
The Beasts of the Earth Will Adore Him
These Silver Fish
Water Bull Ride
What Lies Beneath
What the Wind Brings
Witching Hour

A shortlist of ten stories will be officially announced on October 31.

Hilary Mantel will publicly announce the first prize and two runners up prizes at a daytime award ceremony in Kingston-upon-Thames on December 5.

Shortlist for the 2014 KUP Bonnie Greer Stories to Read Aloud Competition

Congratulations to the eight writers of the following shortlisted stories:

A Tired Person Can Sleep Anywhere

Camdenople

Dad and the Romans

Living in the Toilets

Muddy Love

The Catch

The GSOH Index

Tiny

The stories of the three finalists will be read aloud at a public award ceremony in Kingston-upon-Thames on the evening of December 5. Bonnie Greer will select the winner following the readings and present the prizes.