BBC National Short Story Award 2016
An all-female line-up has been announced for the 11th annual BBCNSSA.
Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel, poet and author Lavinia Greenlaw, short story writer KJ Orr, Tahmima Anam and Claire-Louise Bennett have all made the shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust 2016.
The shortlist of five stories was announced this evening, Friday 16 September 2016, during BBC Radio 4's Front Row. The winning author will receive £15,000, the runner-up £3,000, and three further shortlisted authors £500 each.
Selected from 478 entries, this year's shortlist is:
- 'Garments' by Tahmima Anam
- 'Morning, Noon & Night' by Claire-Louise Bennett
- 'The Darkest Place in England' by Lavinia Greenlaw
- 'In a Right State' by Hilary Mantel
- 'Disappearances' by KJ Orr
Alongside this year's BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust shortlist and eventual winner, the BBC and BookTrust will also continue to celebrate young, emerging talent with the second BBC Young Writers' Award with BookTrust, shortlist announced on the 1 October. The winner of the Young Writers' Award will also be announced on 4 October.
BookTrust Chief Executive, Diana Gerald, says:
Working with the BBC on the BBC National Short Story Award is a fantastic way to expose a huge audience to short stories; and also find new and enthusiastic writers and readers. So we are particularly excited to expand the Award even further by running the second BBC Young Writers' Award, as it complements BookTrust's existing work with young people and encourages them to read, share and write stories.
- From Friday 16 September: 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 16 to Thursday 22 September 2016.
- Each writer's story will then be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from 3.30pm to 4.00pm from Monday 19 September and will available on BBC iPlayer Radio.
- From Monday 19 September: To accompany the five thirty-minute readings in the afternoon the BBC has commissioned a further five new short stories from a range of talented UK writers, David Szalay, Emma Healey, Nat Segnit, Jenn Ashworth and Ned Beauman, to be broadcast in Book at Bedtime at 10.45pm from Monday 19 September.
- Saturday 1 October, 4pm: Kei Miller, Di Speirs and Naomi Alderman will be joined by KJ Orr at the Small Wonder Charleston Festival.
- Tuesday 4 October: The announcement of the BBC National Short Story Award 2016 with BookTrust winner and runner-up and the Young Writers' Award winner will be broadcast live from the Award ceremony on BBC Radio 4's Front Row from 7.15pm.
- Wednesday 5 October 7.45pm: Kei Miller and Di Speirs will be joined by some of the 2016 shortlist for a panel event at the London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre to discuss 'The Future of the Short Story'.
Writer and presenterJenni MurrayWriter and presenter
Jenni Murray was born and educated in Barnsley, and has a degree in French and Drama from Hull University. She joined BBC Radio Bristol in 1973 and went on to report and present for BBC TV's South Today. In 1983 she joined Newsnight. Two years later, she moved to Radio 4 as a presenter for the Today programme.
She became the regular presenter of Woman's Hour in 1987. Jenni writes regularly for various newspapers and magazines. She is also the author of several books including The Woman's Hour: A History of Women Since World War II and Is It Me or Is It Hot In Here: A Modern Woman's Guide to the Menopause; That's My Boy deals with raising sons and her latest book is Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter, which examines her relationship with her mother.
In 1998 Jenni was nominated Radio Broadcaster of the Year and in the Queen's Birthday Honours 1999 she was awarded an OBE for radio broadcasting. In 2007 she became a member of the Radio Academy Hall of Fame and was recently given a lifetime achievement award by the Media Society. Jenni is a non-executive director of The Christie hospital in Manchester. In 2010 she won a Sony Award for her interview with Sharon Shoesmith and, in 2011, Sony Gold for an outstanding and exemplary career. In the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours she became Dame Jenni Murray.
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.
Pat Barker was born in 1943. Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration (1991); which was made into a film of the same name; The Eye in the Door (1993), which won the Guardian Fiction Prize; and The Ghost Road (1995), which won the Booker Prize, as well as the more recent novels Another World, Border Crossing, Double Vision, Life Class and Toby's Room. Her most recent book, Noonday (2015) completes her Life Class Trilogy. She lives in Durham.
Ted Hodgkinson is Senior Programmer for Literature and Spoken Word at Southbank Centre. Former online editor of Granta, he has written for a variety of publications and websites, including the Independent, the Times Literary Supplement, the Literary Review and the Spectator and is London correspondent for the Literary Hub.
As a broadcaster and chair he hosted the Granta podcast, appears on radio programmes including BBC Radio 4's Open Book and interviews writers at a range of international festivals. He is also a former literature programmer for the British Council, specialising in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. In 2012 he judged the Costa Poetry Award and is a judge for the 2016 Encore Award for the best second novel
Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. Kei writes across a range of genres: novels, books of short stories, essays and poetry. His poetry has been shortlisted for awards such as the Jonathan Llewelyn Ryhs Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year.
His fiction has been shortlisted for the Phyllis Wheatley Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First book and has won the Una Marson Prize. His recent book of essays won the 2014 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature (non-fiction). In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature.
Kei has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. In 2013 the Caribbean Rhodes Trust named him the Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies. His 2014 collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection.
About the BBC National Short Story Award 2016
Celebrating the power of the short story
The BBC National Short Story Award in partnership with BookTrust is now in its eleventh 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.
2015 Jonathan Buckley 'Briar Road'; runner-up Mark Haddon 'Bunny'
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'
If you have any queries about the Award, please email email@example.com or call Jenny Holder on 0207 801 8843