BBC National Short Story Award 2014

Latest update 'The judging panel for 2014 has been announced'

The judges have been announced for the BBC National Short Story Award in partnership with Booktrust

BBC Creative Director and presenter Alan Yentob will chair the judging panel for the BBC National Short Story Award 2014. Joining Alan on this year's panel are writers, Laura Dockrill and Adam Foulds, editor, Philip Gwyn Jones and regular judge from the BBC, Di Speirs.

 

Sadly, author Amit Chadhuri, who was originally announced as one of this year's judging panel had to withdraw for logistical reasons. We are delighted to announce that Philip Gwyn Jones, Editor-at-large, Scribe Publications will join the panel in his place.

 

Now in its ninth year, the Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, the runner-up £3,000 and three further shortlisted authors £500 each.

 

Alan Yentob, Chair of the BBC National Short Story Award judging panel, said:

'I'm delighted to be chairing the judging for this year's BBC National Short Story Award. The BBC has a long and proud history of broadcasting the very best short stories from British writers. It is one of the world's leading champions of the form, commissioning dozens of stories every year, from both established and emerging talent. Now in its ninth year, the Award is part of an on-going commitment to celebrate and support a literary genre that has always been integral to BBC Radio.'


The BBC National Short Story Award 2014 closed to submissions on Friday 28 February 2014. The shortlist of five stories will be announced on BBC Radio 4's Front Row from 7.15 pm on Wednesday 17 September 2014, with each of the shortlisted authors interviewed on Front Row from Friday 19 to Thursday 25 September, and each of stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 3.30pm throughout the following week. As in previous years, the five stories will also be published in a special anthology and be available for free audio download.  There will be an exclusive panel event at the Small Wonder Festival at 4pm on Saturday 27 September. The winner and runner-up of the 2014 Awardwill be announced at an Award Ceremony in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House on Tuesday 30 September 2014.


For updates on the Award follow #bbcnssa and @Booktrust on Twitter.

 

All queries about the Award should be directed to bbcnssa@booktrust.org.uk  

 

Judges

The 2014 judges are:

 

  • Chair of the panel, Alan Yentob, BBC Creative Director and presenter
  • Philip Gwyn Jones, Editor-at Large, Scribe Publications
  • Laura Dockrill, writer, illustrator and performer
  • Poet and novelist, Adam Foulds
  • Di Speirs, Editor, Books, BBC Radio
  • Laura Dockrill

    Author, Illustrator and Performer

About the BBC National Short Story Award 2014

Celebrating the power of the short story

The BBC National Short Story Award in partnership with Booktrust is now in its ninth 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 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 with short stories broadcast every week attracting more than a million listeners.

 

For updates on the Award follow #bbcnssa and @Booktrust on Twitter.

 

Previous winners

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 BBC National Short Story Award was open to entries from Thursday 12 December 2013 until 5pm (GMT) on Friday 28 February 2014.

 

The Entry Instructions and Terms & Conditions are available below for reference.

 

Download the Entry Instructions and Terms & Conditions

 

If you have any queries about the award, please email bbcnssa@booktrust.org.uk or call Hannah Davies on 020 8875 4838