The BBC National Short Story Award 2019

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Including the winning story, 'The Invisible' by Jo Lloyd!


A young boy takes delight in his mother’s ability to shapeshift from one animal to another, only realising how odd she is when it comes to parents’ evening . . .


The values of a small farming village are challenged by talk of a well-heeled community living on the other side of the lake that only one person can see . . .


A writer researching the life of a 19th century child custody reformer discovers all too many parallels between that century and ours . . .


The stories shortlisted for the 2019 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University variously explore the sanctity of the home and family, and the instinct to defend what’s closest to us. Against a backdrop of danger or division, characters sometimes struggle – like the 15-year-old charged with looking after her siblings whilst her mother works through the night – and sometimes succumb – like the young woman who allows herself to be manipulated by an older, richer man.


But in each case, these stories demonstrate what Nikki Bedi argues in her introduction: short stories are not a warm-up act, they’re the main event.


'Bright examples of what it means to write short fiction, and to write it well.' - STORGY

'As ever, the BBC National Short Story Award has an intriguing shortlist... The winner is an entirely beguiling story' - Daily Mail

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About the author

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is the author of three novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, two collections of short stories (Multitudes, 2016, and Intimacies, forthcoming in May 2020), and is the editor of the anthology Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2019). Awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the George Devine Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Imison Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Irish Writers’ and Screenwriters’ Guild Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Award (Canada & Europe), the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize Readers’ Choice Award, a Fiction Uncovered Award, a K. Blundell Trust Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Lucy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018. She was previously shortlisted for the BBC International Short Story Award in 2012.


Lynda Clark is a former bookseller and videogame producer. Her short story, ‘Ghillie’s Mum’, won the 2018 Commonwealth Writers’ Award (Canada & Europe), received a special mention in Galley Beggars Press Short Story Prize 2016/17, and was published by Granta online. Another story, ‘Grandma’s Feast Day’, was shortlisted for The Cambridge Short Story Prize 2017 and is forthcoming in a collection from TSS Publishing. Lynda’s debut novel, Beyond Kidding, will be published by Fairlight Books in October 2019. Lynda also has a PhD in interactive narrative and is currently a Research and Development Fellow in Narrative and Play at the University of Dundee.


Jacqueline Crooks is a Jamaican-born writer. Her short stories have been published by MsLexia, Granta and Virago, and she was featured in the Breaking Ground list of the Best British Writers of Colour. Her collection, The Ice Migration (Peepal Tree Press, 2018), was longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize in the Political Fiction category, and she has also been shortlisted for the Ashram and Wasafiri New Writing awards. Jacqueline has a degree in Social Policy from Roehampton University of Surrey and an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths University. She delivers writing workshops to socially excluded communities, primarily older people, refugees and asylum seekers, disadvantaged children and young people.


Tamsin Grey grew up in England, Scotland and Zambia. She has worked as a cucumber picker, a yoga teacher, an oral historian, and as a speechwriter to a secretary of state. Her first novel, She’s Not There, was published by The Borough Press in 2018 to critical acclaim. Tamsin works part-time as a civil servant, and is currently interviewing colleagues across Whitehall about their experiences of working on EU Exit. She is also writing her second novel, set at a music festival.


Jo Lloyd’s short stories have appeared in The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt), Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Southern Review, and elsewhere. Her short story, ‘The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies’ featured in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018, widely regarded as the most prestigious awards for short fiction in the US. Jo has also previously won an Asham Award, the Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize, and a McGinnis-Ritchie Award. She grew up in South Wales and has recently returned to live there.


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Publisher
Comma Press
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Published on
Sep 6, 2019
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Pages
112
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ISBN
9781912697236
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Fiction / General
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
Fiction / Women
Literary Collections / General
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