BBC National Short Story Award 2008

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Winner

  • 'The Numbers'

    by Clare Wigfall

The winner was Clare Wigfall for her story 'The Numbers' and the runner-up was Jane Gardam for her story 'The People on Privilege Hill'.

Clare received £15,000 for her story and Jane Gardam £3,000 for hers at a ceremony in London on 14 July 2008. The three remaining authors on the shortlist – Richard Beard, Erin Soros and Adam Thorpe – received £500.

Announcing the winners, Chair of the judges, broadcaster and writer Martha Kearney, said:

It's exciting that a relatively unknown voice, in fact the youngest writer on our shortlist, has distinguished herself amongst some very well known authors as a leading talent in the world of storytelling.

Clare’s evocation of superstition and frustrated lives on a remote Scottish island is an act of historical ventriloquism. She shows just what the short story can achieve, conjuring up a whole world through a microcosm.

The strength of our shortlist ranging from the gothic to the comic demonstrates that the short story is alive and well, the perfect art form for a time hungry age.

Shortlist

  • 'Guidelines for Measures to Cope with Disgraceful and Other Events'

    by Richard Beard
  • 'The People on Privilege Hill'

    by Jane Gardam
  • 'Surge'

    by Erin Soros
  • 'The Names'

    by Adam Thorpe

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Judges

About the BBC National Short Story Award 2008

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Previous winners

2016 Orr 'Disappearances'; runner-up Claire-Louise Bennet 'Morning, Noon & Night'

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'

Please go to bbc.co.uk/nssa for more information on the BBC National Short Story Award.

 

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