BBC National Short Story Award 2013
After a year spanning the globe for the finest international talent, the BBC National Short Story Award returns for 2013 to celebrate the best in homegrown short fiction.
Mariella Frostrup will chair the judging panel for the Award, one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000. The runner-up receives £3,000 and three further shortlisted authors £500 each.
The deadline has now passed. The shortlist will be announced on 20 September 2013 and the winner on 8 October 2013.
The judges are:
- Mariella Frostrup, journalist, television presenter and arts critic
- Novelist and short story writer, Mohsin Hamid
- Arvon tutor, novelist and short story writer, Peter Hobbs
- Deborah Moggach, screenwriter, novelist and short story writer
- Editor of Readings, BBC Radio, Di Speirs
The shortlist will be announced on Friday 20 September with each of the five stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 the following week. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 8 October. As in previous years, the five stories will also be published in a special anthology and be available for free audio download.
The BBC National Short Story Award, managed in partnership with Booktrust, continues to serve as a reminder of the power of the short story and to celebrate a literary form that is proving ever more versatile in the twenty first century. The genre is enjoyed not just on the page, on air and increasingly on every sort of screen, but also in flash fiction events, short story festivals and slams. The short story has moved beyond the revival of recent years and is now experiencing a golden age. BBC Radio 4 is the world's leading broadcaster of short stories and a staunch and long-time supporter of the form. Short stories are broadcast every week attracting over a million listeners.
Chair of judgesMariella FrostrupChair of judges
Mariella Frostrup is a journalist, television presenter and arts critic. She currently presents The Book Show for Sky Arts and Open Book for BBC Radio 4. Recent projects include Leonardo Live for Sky Arts; The Young Ones for BBC1; Bringing Up Britain for Radio 4 and Blonde on Blonde for Radio 2. She is the film critic for Harper's Bazaar and is a columnist for The Observer Magazine, for whom she also writes major interviews. Mariella has previously sat on the judging panel for various arts awards including the Man Booker Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Evening Standard Film Awards, the Turner Prize, the Amnesty International Media Awards, the London Film festival and the RIBA Stirling Prize Awards. She currently sits on the Royal Academy Council.
Mohsin Hamid is the author of the novels Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and the forthcoming How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. His fiction has been translated into over 30 languages, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, featured on bestseller lists, and adapted for the cinema. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, and the Paris Review, and his essays in the Guardian, the New York Times, and the New York Review of Books. Born in 1971, he has lived about half his life, on and off, in Lahore. He also spent part of his early childhood in California, attended Princeton and Harvard, and worked for a decade as a management consultant in New York and London, mostly part-time.
Peter Hobbs is a novelist and short story writer. His debut novel The Short Day Dying (Faber, 2005) won a Betty Trask Prize, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His first collection of stories, I Could Ride All Day in My Cool Blue Train (Faber, 2006), was nominated for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. His stories have been published in numerous anthologies and journals, and have been commissioned for broadcast on Radio 4. He is also the author of a very short novel, In The Orchard, The Swallows (Faber, 2012). As well as being a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation, he has taught courses at a range of events and literary festivals. Since 2008 he has been a writer-in-residence for the charity First Story.
Deborah Moggach went to Bristol University and among other jobs worked in publishing before becoming a writer. She began her writing career in the 1970s after living in Pakistan for two years, during which time she wrote for Pakistani newspapers and was inspired to write her first novel, You Must Be Sisters. She has since written many successful novels including Tulip Fever and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was made into a top-grossing film starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. She is the author of short story collections, a play and several screenplays. These include the film of Pride and Prejudice, which was nominated for a BAFTA. She has previously been Chairman of the Society of Authors and worked for PEN's Executive Committee, as well as being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She currently lives in North London.
Di Speirs worked in theatre and for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation before joining the BBC in 1991 as a Woman's Hour producer. She edited the Woman's Hour serial for three years and produced the first ever Book of the Week. She is now Editor of the BBC London Readings Unit, responsible for around a third of the output in Book of the Week, a quarter of Book at Bedtime, as well as Afternoon Stories, Radio 3 readings and Woman's Hour dramas and Afternoon Plays adapted from novels and short stories. She has been instrumental in the BBC National Short Story Award since its inception seven years ago and is a regular judge on the panel. She was also a judge of the 2008 Asham Award and Chair of the Orange Award for New Writing 2010.
About the BBC National Short Story Award 2013
Celebrating the power of the short story
After a year spanning the globe for the finest international talent, the BBC National Short Story Award returns for 2013 to celebrate the best in homegrown short fiction. Submissions for the Award, now in its eighth year, are open from today. Mariella Frostrup will chair the judging panel for the Award, one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000. The runner-up receives £3,000 and three further shortlisted authors £500 each.
The BBC National Short Story Award continues to serve as a reminder of the power of the short story and to celebrate a literary form that is proving ever more versatile in the 21st century. It can now be enjoyed not just on the page, on air and increasingly on every sort of screen as well as in flash fiction events, short story festivals and slams. The 2012 winner was Miroslav Penkov for his story, 'East of the West'.
The ambition of both the Award and Booktrust's short story content is to expand opportunities for British writers, readers and publishers of the short story. BBC Radio 4 is the world's biggest single commissioner of short stories. Short stories are broadcast every week attracting more than a million listeners. The BBC National Short Story Award will return in 2013.
2012 Miroslav Penkov 'East of the West' runner-up Henrietta Rose-Innes 'Sanctuary'
2011 D W Wilson 'The Dead Roads' runner-up Jon McGregor 'Wires'
2010 David Constantine 'Tea at the Midland' runner-up Jon McGregor 'If It Keeps On Raining'
2009 Kate Clanchy 'The Not-Dead and the Saved' runner-up Sara Maitland 'Moss Witch
2008 Clare Wigfall 'The Numbers' runner-up Jane Gardam 'The People on Privilege Hill'
2007 Julian Gough 'The Orphan and the Mob' runner-up David Almond 'Slog's Dad'
2006 James Lasdun 'An Anxious Man' runner-up Michel Faber 'The Safehouse'
We are now accepting entries for the 2013 prize
The deadline for entries is 10am GMT Monday 11 March 2013
Read the terms and conditions and entry guidelines carefully and submit your story in a Word document, along with a completed entry form. The maximum length for the short story is 8,000 words.
Submit entries by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org