BBC National Short Story Award 2015
2015's shortlisted stories will be announced in September.
The Award aims to promote the best in contemporary British short fiction and has celebrated both established writers and new stars over the last decade.
It offers an award of £15,000 to the winner, £3,000 for the runner-up and £500 for three further shortlisted writers. In September 2015, listeners can hear the five shortlisted stories read on BBC Radio 4 and readers can discover the stories in the Award anthology published by Comma Press.
Claire Shanahan, Head of Arts at Book Trust, said:
The first nine years of the BBC National Short Story Award has showcased work by an exciting range of both established short story specialists such as William Trevor and Sarah Hall, novelists including Lionel Shriver and Zadie Smith and relative newcomers including Lucy Wood and Francesca Rhydderch. We hope that this special 10th anniversary will attract the highest-quality and most innovative stories from writers, publishers and agents and are excited to uncover the 2015 shortlist and winner.
To celebrate the Award's 10th anniversary, the BBC and Book Trust will select 10 schools from across the UK to shadow judge the BBC National Short Story Award 2015 with Book Trust. At least 200 pupils aged 16-18 will read the five shortlisted stories and vote for their favourite. More details will be announced in the spring.
The BBC and Book Trust are also expanding their partnership to launch the brand new BBC Young Writers' Award with Book Trust.
Key dates (subject to change):
- The shortlist will be announced on BBC Radio 4's 'Front Row' at 7.15pm on Wednesday 16 September 2015.
- Interviews with each of the shortlisted writers will be broadcast over five weekdays on BBC Radio 4's Front Row at 7.15pm from Friday 18 to Thursday 24 September 2015. Each writer's story will be then be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 3.30 pm on the following working day, from Monday 21 to Friday 25 September 2015.
- The announcement of the BBC National Short Story Award 2015 with Booktrust winner and runner-up, as well as the shadow winner and the Young Writers' Award winner will be broadcast live from the Award ceremony on BBC Radio 4's Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 6 October 2015.
Born and raised in Galloway SW Scotland, and educated at Edinburgh University, Allan Little joined the BBC in 1983. He spent the majority of his BBC career as a Foreign Correspondent, leaving in 2014 to pursue a freelance career. During this time, he covered the fall of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, and spent the 90s covering the Gulf War in Iraq, the break-up of former Yugoslavia, and conflict in Africa and Moscow. He was the BBC's Special Correspondent based in London from 2005-2014.
Di Speirs worked in theatre and for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation before joining the BBC. She edited the Woman's Hour serial for three years, produced the first ever Book of the Week, and has directed many Book at Bedtimes as well as dramas. She is now Editor, Books, leading the London Readings team and editing Open Book and Book Club on BBC Radio 4 and World Book Club on the BBC World Service.
A long-time advocate for the formidable power of the short story, she has been instrumental in the BBC National Short Story Award since its inception nine years ago and is a regular judge on the panel. She was also a judge of the 2008 Asham Award, Chair of the Orange Award for New Writing 2010 and a nominator for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative (Literature) 2011-13.
Ian Rankin is the UK's number one best-selling crime writer. He lives in Edinburgh, and writes about the city in his award-winning Inspector Rebus and Malcolm Fox novels. The first Rebus novel Knots and Crosses, was published in March 1987. The intervening years have seen a further nineteen Rebus novels, and their creator make a meteoric rise to international bestseller.
His stand-alone novel Doors Open was made into ITV film, directed by and starring Stephen Fry, broadcast over Christmas 2012. Ian Rankin also appears regularly on TV, notably as a reviewer on BBC2's Newsnight Review. Over the course of 2012, Imagine, the BBC flagship arts documentary series, followed Ian as he created his new book Standing in Another Man's Grave. The documentary was broadcast to record audiences in November that year.
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh and has since been employed as grape-picker, swineherd, taxman, alcohol researcher, hi-fi journalist and punk musician. He was a prize-winning poet and short-story writer before turning to novels with The Flood.
Sarah Hall is the author of Haweswater (2003), which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for best first novel, The Electric Michelangelo (2004) which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Prix Femina Etranger and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and The Carhullan Army (2007), which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was listed as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by The Times.
Her most recent novel, How to Paint a Dead Man (2009) won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2010 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her first collection of short stories, The Beautiful Indifference was published in 2012. It won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2012, the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Prize. Besides writing, Hall has judged prestigious literary awards such as The Folio Prize, The John Llewellyn Rhys, the David Cohen Prize for Literature, the Northern Writers Awards and several short story competitions. She won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013 with 'Mrs Fox' and was included in Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in the same year. She lives in Norwich with her partner, who is a doctor.
Tash Aw is the author of three novels, The Harmony Silk Factory, Map of the Invisible World and Five Star Billionaire, which have won the Whitbread and Commonwealth Prizes and twice been longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize; they have also been translated into twenty four languages. His short fiction has won an O. Henry Award and been published in A Public Space and the landmark Granta 100, amongst others.
About the BBC National Short Story Award 2015
Celebrating the power of the short story
The BBC National Short Story Award in partnership with Book Trust is now in its tenth year. It is one of the most prestigious Awards for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, the runner-up £3,000 and three further shortlisted authors £500 each.
The 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 ambition of both the Award and Book Trust'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 with short stories broadcast every week attracting more than a million listeners.
2014 Lionel Shriver 'Kilifi Creek'; runner-up Zadie Smith 'Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets'
2013 Sarah Hall 'Mrs Fox'; runner-up Lucy Wood 'Notes from the House Spirits'
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'
The entry period for The BBC National Short Story Award 2015 with Book Trust has now closed.
If you have any queries about the Award, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Claire Shanahan on 0207 801 8845