BBC National Short Story Award 2014
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 Amit Chaudhuri, Laura Dockrill and Adam Foulds and regular judge Di Speirs.
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 Four's Front Row during the week commencing 15 September 2014, with each of the five stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 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. The winner will be announced at an Award Ceremony in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House on Tuesday 30 September 2014.
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The 2014 judges are:
- Chair of the panel, Alan Yentob, BBC Creative Director and presenter
- Writer and musician, Amit Chaudhuri
- Laura Dockrill, writer, illustrator and performer
- Poet and novelist, Adam Foulds
- Di Speirs, Editor, Books, BBC Radio
PresenterAlan Yentob (Chair)Presenter
Alan Yentob is the Creative Director of the BBC and Editor and Presenter of the Imagine programme. A celebrated and award-winning programme maker, Alan joined the BBC as a general trainee in 1968, taking his first job in the World Service. From 1973 to 1975 he was a producer/director with Omnibus, where his films famously included Cracked Actor: David Bowie. In 1978 he created the mould-breaking arts series Arena, and was Editor until 1985.
In 1985 Alan became Head of Music and Arts and stayed in the post until 1988 when he was appointed Controller of BBC Two. Under his five-year stewardship BBC Two was revitalised and introduced many innovations in programming including The Late Show, Have I Got News For You?, Absolutely Fabulous and Wallace and Gromit's The Wrong Trousers.
Alan was appointed Controller of BBC One in 1993. He became Director of Programmes in 1997, then Director of Television in 1998. In June 2004 he became the BBC's Creative Director. His outside responsibilities include Chair of the Trustees of the children's charity Kids Company.
Writer & MusicianAmit Chaudhuri (pic copyright: Geoff Pugh)Writer & Musician
Amit Chaudhuri is a writer and musician. His first novel, A Strange and Sublime Address, is included in Toibin and Callil's Two Hundred Best Novels of the Last Fifty Years. His second, Afternoon Raag, is on Anne Enright's list of ten best short novels in the Guardian. His last, The Immortals, was a New Yorker, Boston Globe, and San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year. He is the winner of several awards, including the Commonwealth Literature Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Sahitya Akademi Award. He was the first recipient of the Infosys Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Humanities in Literary Studies. He was also the first Indian writer to have an editorial written about him in the Guardian in its famous 'In Praise Of...' series.
He is currently Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia, and is editor of thePicador/ Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature. His criticism includes D H Lawrence and 'Difference' ('A pathbreaking work', Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books) and Clearing a Space. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
As a musician, he has performed on most flagship cultural programmes on UK radio and television, and his second CD, Found Music, was an allaboutjazz.com Editor's Choice, 2010. His Indian classical recordings are available from Saregama. His latest books include Calcutta: Two Years in the City (non-fiction) and Telling Tales (a collection of essays).
Author, Illustrator and PerformerLaura DockrillAuthor, Illustrator and Performer
Laura Dockrill is an author, illustrator and performer who was named one of the top ten literary talents by The Times. Her adult books include Mistakes in the Background, Ugly Shy Girl and Echoes. Her debut children's book, Darcy Burdock, which is the first in a series, was published by Random House in 2013 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and has recently been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2014.
Laura performed at all of the major literature and children's festivals in 2013 including The Imagine Festival, Edinburgh, Hay, Camp Bestival, Carfest, Pop-Up and Latitude. She was online writer in residence for Booktrust from June to December 2013 and has been a judge and ambassador for the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Laura has been commissioned and appeared on all respective radio channels from 1-6, including Radio One and Radio 4's Woman's Hour and has read her work on Newsnight, BBC Breakfast, CBBC and Channel 4.
Poet & NovelistAdam FouldsPoet & Novelist
Adam Foulds is a poet and novelist from London. He studied English Literature at Oxford University and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He has published three novels and a narrative poem and has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the Sunday Times Young Writer Of The Year, the Costa Poetry Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the South Bank Show Prize for Literature, the Encore Award, the European Union Prize For Literature and the E M Forster Award. His novel, The Quickening Maze, was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010. His latest novel, In The Wolf's Mouth, was published in February 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.
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.
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.
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