Bestselling author JOANNA TROLLOPE; Baileys winner EIMEAR MCBRIDE; short story writer and IMPAC Award winner JON MCGREGOR and Man Booker Prize shortlistee SUNJEEV SAHOTA join DI SPEIRS, Books Editor at the BBC
The BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust calls for submissions for the 12th year today with No.1 bestselling author, Joanna Trollope chairing the judging panel for the 2017 award. Trollope, known as one of the most insightful chroniclers and social commentators writing today is also a long-time short story writer. Her eagerly anticipated 20th novel, City of Friends, will be published in February 2017.
Trollope is joined by an esteemed panel of award-winning writers and literary specialists: Baileys Prize winner, Eimear McBride; IMPAC Award winner, short story writer and academic, Jon McGregor; Encore Award winner Sunjeev Sahota; and returning judge Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio. All the judges are eager to read the best, and most innovative, works of short fiction from new and established writers. Last year’s winner was K J Orr for her story ‘Disappearances’ with previous alumni including Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith, Hilary Mantel and William Trevor.
The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The 2017 Award is open to UK residents or nationals, aged 18 or over, who have a history of publication in creative writing. The full Terms and Conditions will be available and submissions accepted online at www.bbc.co.uk/nssa from 9am Thursday 26th January 2017. The deadline for receipt of entries is 9am Monday 6th March 2017.