The BBC National Short Story Award 2011
JON MCGREGOR (runner-up)
K. J. ORR
D.W. WILSON (winner)
Foreword by Sue MacGregor
ISBN 1905583419 / 978-1905583416
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‘We are living through a golden moment in the history of the short story,’ wrote The Guardian recently, and the annual BBC National Short Story Award is both a testament to this, and one of the reasons why we are. Now in its sixth year, the Award supports and showcases Britain’s best new
short fiction and continues to champion the short story as a central literary form.
Themes of desire, envy and disconnection provide recurring motifs for the five shortlisted stories presented here – the extremes that love can endure and what happens when love is not enough. The panel of judges this year included novelist Tessa Hadley, novelist and critic Geoff Dyer, poet and author of Submarine, Joe Dunthorne and BBC Editor of Readings, Di Speirs. The panel was chaired by broadcaster Sue MacGregor who also introduces the selection.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
M.J. Hyland’s first novel, How the Light Gets In (2003), was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her second, Carry Me Down (2006), won the Hawthornden and Encore Prizes and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her third novel, This is How (2009), was longlisted for the Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Prize. Her short fiction has been published in Zoetrope: All Story, BlackBook Magazine (USA), Best Australian Short Stories and elsewhere. Her non-fiction regularly features in publications such as London Review of Books, Irish Independent and the Financial Times.
She worked for seven years as a commercial lawyer, and a lecturer in criminal law, before her first novel was published. She has also worked as an assistant director in film and television, and as a cadet journalist. She is currently a lecturer in creative writing in the Centre for New Writing, at the University of Manchester.
’s short fiction has been published in a wide range of magazines including Prospect, London Magazine, The Sunday Times online magazine, in anthologies such as The New Uncanny and Litmus (both Comma) and broadcast on the BBC. A story from her most recent book, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction, ‘Dirty Weekend’, was awarded the Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Prize for Short Fiction. She is also the author of two novels, The Changeling (1996) and The Wave Theory of Angels (2005), and has won Writers’ Awards from both Arts Council England and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her next novel will be published by Penguin in September 2012 and is set in Brighton, where she now lives and lectures on a part-time basis at the University of Chichester. She is currently completing her second short story collection.
was born in 1976 and graduated from the University of Bradford with a BSc in Media Technology. Since 1999 he has built a career as a novelist and short story writer, publishing If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (2002), So Many Ways To Begin (2006), and Even The Dogs (2010), which between them have won the Somerset Maugham Award and been twice long listed for the Man Booker Prize. He has also written for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The New York Times and Granta magazine. His story collection This Isn’t The Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You, will be published in February 2012. He was a co-founder of the Nottingham Writers’ Studio, and has been a writer-in-residence with the British Antarctic Survey, the Santa Maddalena Foundation, and, through the First Story organisation, Ellis Guilford School in Nottingham. In July 2011 he was made an honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Nottingham.
was born in London. As an undergraduate, she won the Dan Hemingway Prize at the University of St Andrews for a short story later published in the collection Doris Lumsden’s Heart-Shaped Bed & Other Stories (2004). Her work has also appeared in the anthology Cheque Enclosed (2007) and the Bridport Prize collection 2010. She has won awards for both short fiction and plays, and been shortlisted for the London Writers’ Prize, the Asham Award and the Bridport Prize.
She is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and in 2010 won Arts and Humanities Research Council funding for a collection of short stories, as part of a PhD on the form at the University of Chichester. She divides her time between London and Chichester.
’s first book, a collection of short stories titled Once You Break a Knuckle, is published this autumn by Penguin Canada, to be followed next year by a novel, Ballistics. His fiction and essays have appeared in literary journals across Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. In 2008, he won the silver award for fiction at the Canadian National Magazine Awards, and this year he has been shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize – the most prestigious award for emerging authors in Canada. He studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia, where he was the recipient of the MA programme’s inaugural Man Booker Prize Scholarship.
In collaboration with the BookTrust, and BBC Radio Four.
Cover image by Elizabeth Leeke
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The BBC National Short Story Award 2010
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