march, 2020

09mar1:00 am1:00 amFree entry!BBC National Short Story Award 2020 with Cambridge UniversityInternational Entry Fee: Free
Max word count: 8,000
Top Prize: £15,000

Event Details

Entries for the BBC National Short Story Award are accepted between 16 January and 9 March.

The award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story. The winner will receive £15,000 and each shortlisted writer will receive £600. The winning stories will be published in an anthology and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. This year’s judging panel, which includes Lucy Caldwell, Irenosen Okijie, Chris Power and Di Spiers, will be chaired by author and journalist Jonathan Freedland.

‘It’s a great honour to be asked to chair the judges for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award,’ said Jonathan. ‘It’s a form that allows for narratives of great economy and, with that, particular intensity. As Roald Dahl, whose stories I lapped up as a teenager, proved, a good short story can linger in the mind long after countless voluminous novels have been forgotten. It’s the three-minute pop song of literature –
a discipline that seems easy but requires complete mastery of the craft. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what today’s writers have on their minds – and what they have to tell us about the way we live now.’

To be eligible to enter, authors must have a prior record of print publication in the UK.

Enter original short stories up to 8,000 words. Stories should be either unpublished or scheduled for publication on or after 1 January 2019.

Entry is free. Writers may enter one story only.

The closing date is 9 March.

For full details see the website.

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