The BBC National Short Story Award with Booktrust 2015 is launched @Booktrust #BBCNSSA

BBC National Short Story Award 2015

The BBC National Short Story Award 2015 with Booktrust  is open to entries from Wednesday 10 December 2014 until 5pm Wednesday 25 February 2015.


Now in its 10th year, the award aims to promote the best in contemporary British short fiction and has celebrated both established writers and new stars over the last decade.

The prize is £15,000 to the winner, £3,000 for the runner-up and £500 for three further shortlisted writers. In September 2015, listeners to BBC Radio 4 will be able to hear the stories and the Award anthology will be published by Comma Press.

The Award is open to UK residents or nationals, aged 18 or over, who have a history of publication in creative writing. The deadline for receipt of entries is 5pm (GMT), Wednesday 25 February 2015. See the Award terms & conditions and entry form for more information.

Claire Shanahan, Head of Arts at Booktrust, said: “The first nine years of the BBC National Short Story Award has showcased work by an exciting range of both established short story specialists such as William Trevor and Sarah Hall, novelists including Lionel Shriver and Zadie Smith and relative newcomers including Lucy Wood and Francesca Rhydderch. We hope that this special 10th anniversary will attract the highest-quality and most innovative stories from writers, publishers and agents and are excited to uncover the 2015 shortlist and winner.”

To celebrate the Award’s 10th anniversary, the BBC and Booktrust will select 10 schools from across the UK to shadow judge the BBC National Short Story Award 2015 with Booktrust. At least 200 pupils aged 16-18 will read the five shortlisted stories and vote for their favourite. More details will be announced in the spring.

Previous winners

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