Shortlist unveiled for richest short story prize

By posted at 5:34 am on April 4, 2006 1

This morning the Guardian points to the shortlist for the National Short Story Prize, a British contest that attracted more than 1,400 entries. The point of the contest is to “re-establishing the importance of the British short story,” and as such there are some recognizable names on the shortlist to get people interested, including master of the form William Trevor and novelists Rose Tremain and Michel Faber. Also making the list is James Lasdun whose book The Horned Man I very much admired. The Guardian story has some very brief excerpts of the stories, and BBC 4 (one of the organizers of the Prize) has bios of the shortlisted writers. BBC4 will be broadcasting readings of the five stories from the April 10th to the 15th, a unique idea that is especially suited to short stories, and the winner – to receive 15,000 pounds – will be unveiled on May 15th. I hope they put the text of the stories online at some point, too.

Update: Found some links related to the final stories, and I thought I’d share.

Some thoughts on the story prize from Tim Worstall.

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One Response to “Shortlist unveiled for richest short story prize”

  1. Pete
    at 7:47 am on April 4, 2006

    Trevor's "Men of Ireland" is quite good, and even has a great deal of relevance for the current state of the Catholic Church here in America.

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